The Economic History of Japan:1600-1990: Volume 1: Emergence of Economic Society in Japan, 1600-1859

Hardcover | December 8, 2005

EditorAkira Hayami, Osamu Saito, Ronald P. Toby

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This multi-volume series of modern Japanese economic history encompasses both the institutional aspects of Japanese economic development, and the results of econometric and cliometric research to place the key moments of Japanese economic history in a more general context.Volume one, The Emergence of Economic Society in Japan, focuses on the period from the start of the seventeenth century, when a discernible consumer population begins to form within cities, to the 1870s when the start of rapid industrialization is witnessed. This industrialization was unique amongstnon-Western countries, facilitated by the emergence of their market economy. The contributors examine the reasons for these developments, tracing the emergence of a national economy in which agricultural produce begins to be produced specifically for the purpose of sale to the newly-forming urbanconsumer populations, and considerations of efficiency and competition are introduced into agriculture.Seventeenth century Japan is shown to be a society that was almost immediately able to provide key components of a market economy, such as communications, transport, and currency, so that economic laws began to operate spontaneously. Following its encounters with industrialized Western powers, Japanwas quick to embrace their example, and uniquely was able to rapidly industrialize. Focusing on the foundations of modernity laid in this period, the volume explores whether this was a process of 'alternative modernization' to that experienced in the West.Written by leading Japanese scholars, and available for the first time in English-translation, the contributions have been abridged and re-written for a non-Japanese readership.

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This multi-volume series of modern Japanese economic history encompasses both the institutional aspects of Japanese economic development, and the results of econometric and cliometric research to place the key moments of Japanese economic history in a more general context.Volume one, The Emergence of Economic Society in Japan, focuses ...

Akira Hayami is Professor of Economics at Reitaku University, having previously held positions at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies and Keio University. His previous publications include The Historical Demography of Pre-Modern Japan (University of Tokyo Press, 2001). Osamu Saito is Professor of Japanese and Asian ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.18 inPublished:December 8, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Akira Hayami: PrefaceAkira Hayami: Introduction: The Emergence of 'Economic Society'1. Matao Miyamoto: Quantitative Aspects of the Tokugawa Economy2. Masaru Iwahashi: The Institutional Framework of the Tokugawa Economy3. Kazui Tashiro: Foreign Trade in the Tokugawa Period, Specifically with Korea4. Matao Miyamoto: Prices and Macroeconomic Dynamics5. Hiroshi Shimbo and Akira Hasegawa: The Dynamics of Market Economy and Production6. Yujiro Oguchi: The Finance of the Tokugawa Shogunate7. Akira Hayami and Hiroshi Kito: Demography and Living Standards8. Shunsaku Nishikawa and Masatoshi Amano: Domains and their Economic Policies9. Osamu Saito and Masayuki Tanimoto: The Transformation Industries10. Ronald P. Toby: Country Bankers in Protoindustrial Japan: The Transformation of Credit11. Hiroshi Shimbo and Osamu Saito: The Economy on the Eve of Industrialization