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Constructing East Asia: Technology, Ideology, and Empire in Japan's Wartime Era, 1931-1945

Aaron Stephen Moore


The conventional understanding of Japanese wartime ideology has for years been summed up by just a few words: anti-modern, spiritualist, and irrational. Yet such a cut and dried picture is not at all reflective of the principles that guided national policy from 1931–1945. Challenging the status quo, Constructing East Asia examines how Japanese intellectuals, bureaucrats, and engineers used technology as a system of power and mobilization—what the author terms a "technological imaginary"—to rally people in Japan and its expanding empire. By analyzing how these different actors defined technolog ... More

Keywords: Technology, imperialism, Japanese imperialism, Japan wartime empire, Japanese infrastructure projects, Japan wartime ideology, World War II, Japanese engineers, Japanese bureaucrats

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780804785396
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804785396.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aaron Stephen Moore, author