I would like to announce a special feature recently published in the Journal of Urban History (vol.48: no.5; Sept. 2022) containing six articles on the history of modern Tokyo.
Building Tokyo: Social and Political Histories
The essays cover key issues in the history of Tokyo from the late-nineteenth century to the years immediately after World War II, including urban politics, real estate and suburban development, municipal responses to environmental hazards, gender and working-class culture, and informal economies.
- Megumi Matsuyama, “Edo-Tokyo and the Meiji Revolution”
- Maho Ikeda “The First Elected Leaders in Japan’s Capital City: Former Shogunal Retainers in the Tokyo Prefectural Assembly”
- Jun Suzuki, “How Disasters Made the Modern City of Tokyo”
- Jordan Sand, “Land, Lumber, Labor, and Excrement: A Slumlord’s View of Tokyo at the Turn of the Twentieth Century”
- Yūko Fujino, “Urban Riots and the Everyday Practice of Male Laborers in Prewar Japan”
- Kōsei Hatsuda, “Tokyo’s Black Markets as an Alternative Urban Space: Occupation, Violence, and Disaster Reconstruction”