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Harvard East Asian Monographs 168

The Sound of the Whistle

Railroads and the State in Meiji Japan

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HARDCOVER

$45.95 • £36.95 • €41.50

ISBN 9780674821675

Publication Date: 04/15/1996

Short

450 pages

6 x 9 inches

15 halftones

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In this thorough and detailed study of the development of the Japanese railroad industry during the Meiji period, Steven Ericson explores the economic role of government and the nature of state-business relations during Japan’s modern transformation. Ericson challenges the tendency of current scholarship to minimize the roles of the Japanese government and commercial banks in Meiji industrialization. By providing a fresh perspective on the “strong state/weak state” debate through a detailed analysis of the 1906–1907 railway nationalization, Ericson’s study sheds new light on the Meiji origins of modern Japanese industrial policy and politics, filling a major gap in the available literature on the Meiji political economy.

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