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Author Moore, Aaron Stephen, 1972- author

Title Constructing East Asia : technology, ideology, and empire in Japan's wartime era, 1931-1945 / Aaron Stephen Moore
Published Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 314 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction : the technological imaginary of Imperial Japan -- Revolutionary technologies of life -- Technologies of Asian development -- Constructing the continent -- Damming the empire -- Designing the social mechanism -- Epilogue : legacies of techno-fascism and techno-imperialism
Summary The conventional understanding of Japanese wartime ideology has for years been summed up by just a few words: anti-modern, spiritualist, and irrational. Yet such a cut and dried picture is not at all reflective of the principles that guided national policy from 1931-1945. Challenging the status quo, 'Constructing East Asia' examines how Japanese intellectuals, bureaucrats, and engineers used technology as a system of power and mobilisation - what the author terms a 'technological imaginary' - to rally people in Japan and its expanding empire
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-301) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Fascism -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
Public works -- East Asia -- History -- 20th century.
Technology and state -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
Technology -- Political aspects -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Japan.
Japan -- Colonies -- Asia -- History -- 20th century.
Japan -- History -- 1926-1945.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012050736
ISBN 0804786690 (electronic bk.)
9780804786690 (electronic bk.)
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