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By J. Charles Schenking

In September 1923, a significance 7.9 earthquake and next firestorms devastated approximately half Japan’s capital, killing greater than 120,000 humans and leaving million homeless. utilizing a wealthy array of resource fabric, J. Charles Schencking tells for the 1st time in English or jap the picture story of Tokyo’s destruction, whereas explaining how and why the catastrophe forced humans to mirror at the nation of city, patron society. He additionally examines how the remarkable calamity inspired many population to entertain new varieties of modernity as they rebuilt their world.

Some citizens was hoping this disaster could result in a grandiose, awe-inspiring new urban; a few driven for extra artistic infrastructure to permit the nation to raised deal with site visitors. Others keen on rejuvenating society—morally, economically, and spiritually—to strive against the perceived deterioration of Japan. Schencking explores the foundation at the back of those goals and the level to which they have been learned. He investigates why jap voters of all walks of existence answered to elite overtures for renewal with ambivalence, reticence, and, finally, resistance. furthermore, he examines how and why the earthquake rattled their deep-seated fears approximately modernity. His learn not just sheds infrequent mild on Japan’s event with and interpretation of the earthquake, it demanding situations common assumptions that mess ups unite bothered societies, making a “blank slate” for radical transformation. nationwide reconstruction, Schencking demonstrates, proved to be illusive.

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