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The Great Kant? Earthquake and the Chimera of National Reconstruction in Japan

J. Charles Schencking

Abstract

In September 1923, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake devastated eastern Japan, killing more than 120,000 people and leaving two million homeless. This book tells the graphic tale of Tokyo's destruction and rebirth. It documents how the citizens of Tokyo experienced this unprecedented calamity and explores the ways in which it rattled people's deep-seated anxieties about modernity. While explaining how and why the disaster compelled people to reflect on Japanese society, it also examines how reconstruction encouraged the capital's inhabitants to entertain new types of urbanism as they rebuilt their wo ... More

Keywords: Great Kantō Earthquake, eastern Japan, Tokyo, Japanese society, national reconstruction, urbanism, Japanese citizens, natural disasters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231162180
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231162180.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Charles Schencking, author
Hong Kong University