Science and the Building of a New Japan

Authors: Low, M.

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This book highlights the importance of individuals in the shaping of postwar Japan by providing an historical account of how physicists constituted an influential elite. An history of science perspective provides insight into their role, helping us to understand the hybrid identity of Japanese scientists, and how they reinvented not only themselves, but also Japan. The book is special in that it uses the history of science to deal with issues relating to Japanese identity, and how it was transformed in the decades after Japan's defeat. It explores the lives and work of seven physicists, two of whom were Nobel prize winners. It makes use of little-known Occupation period documents, personal papers of physicists, and Japanese language source material.

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MORRIS LOW is Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies and Director of the Asian Studies Centre at the University of Queensland, Australia. He is co-author of Science, Technology and Society in Contemporary Japan (CUP, 1999) and co-editor of Asian Masculinities: The Meaning and Practice of Manhood in China and Japan (Routledge Curzon, 2003) and editor of a three-volume anthology Science, Technology and R&D in Japan (Routledge, 2001).

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"In this new and compelling social and political history, Morris Low explores the self-fashioning of Japanese physicists, their engagement with Western science and their role in the modernization and post-war reconstruction of Japan. With authority and insight, Low guides us through the multi-layered institutional landscape of the physical sciences in twentieth century Japan in war and peace. His incisive analysis is a major contribution to the history of modern Japan, as well as to the history of twentieth century science."

- Dr. Jeff Hughes, Senior Lecturer in History of Science and Technology, University of Manchester, UK

"A worthy and important contribution to the field of science history." - Walter Grunden - ISIS


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Science and the Building of a New Japan
Authors
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Morris Low
eBook ISBN
978-1-4039-7692-5
DOI
10.1057/9781403976925
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6831-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-53055-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 259
Number of Illustrations
11 b/w illustrations
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