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New Times in Modern Japan Hardcover – August 2, 2004

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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (August 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691117748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691117744
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,633,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Scholars with an interest in the onset and consequences of modernity in Japan will find much in this important new work by Stefan Tanaka to stimulate and challenge them."--Daniel Botsman, Journal of Asian Studies

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"Tanaka's analysis and indeed his main conclusions are of a piece with some of the most interesting recent work on South Asia and the Middle East--work that occupies the cutting edge of historical research on the modern non-Western world, with important implications not only for area studies of those regions but generally for world history and for our understanding of modernity as a universal phenomenon. New Times in Modern Japan will be noticed and read with interest not only by scholars in the field of Japanese studies but much more widely."--Partha Chatterjee, author of A Possible India

"Very much a major contribution to the field, New Times in Modern Japan blows fresh air on stale debates. The thrust of the argument, which is as persuasive as it is refreshing, is that becoming modern implies--requires--a new conception and use of time. This logical and well-conceived companion to Tanaka's previous book is poised to enhance Japan's profile in wider discussions of modernity and modernization."--Gerald Figal, Vanderbilt University, author of Civilizations and Monsters: Spirits of Modernity in Meiji Japan

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yariou Wellmouth on July 1, 2012
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Tanaka addresses the topic of how modern ways that we reckon time got adopted/imposed in Meiji Japan (1868-1912). This entailed a true disciplining of people, forcing them to structure their lives around the mechanism of clocks and watches. Modern time also meant adopting the solar calendar with its 7 day week and so on (previously Japanese used lunar calendars). In addition to clock time an solar calendars, Tanaka shows how Japanese also started to think in terms of linear and progressive time, with the world's nations configured as either backward or advanced.

This is not a casual read, but if one is interested in how things we take for granted, this book is more than worth reading.
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