The Sound of the Whistle: Railroads and the State in Meiji Japan

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Harvard Univ Asia Center, 1996 - 506 pages
Steven Ericson has written what promises to be the most thorough study of the Japanese railroad industry in the English language. In addition to the body of research on the industry itself, Ericson has provided an astute analysis of the politics of development and the relationship between state and private enterprise in the Japanese railroad industry during the Meiji period. He explores the economic role of government and the nature of state-business relations in the course of Japan's modern transformation, and at the same time challenges the tendency of current scholarship to minimize the role of the Japanese government as well as commercial banks in Meiji industrialization. By providing a fresh perspective on the "strong state/weak state" debate through 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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Table des matières

INTRODUCTION
3
THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF MEIJI RAILROADS
25
THE FIRST Two DECADES
97
Average Annual Quotations for Selected Railway Shares
133
Dividend Rates of Selected Railway Companies 18881894
139
Average Monthly Quotations for Sanyo and Kansai Railway
155
Development and Business Results of Sanyo and Kyushu
177
Corporate Bonds Outstanding Selected Railway Companies
185
THE BUSINESS RESPONSE
311
The Major Railroads
322
The Business Community at Large
346
Investing the Compensation
359
CONCLUSION
375
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS USED IN THE NOTES
389
LIST OF WORKS CITED
459
INDEX
493

THE MAKING OF THE RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION LAW
191
FORGING A CONSENSUS
245

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À propos de l'auteur (1996)

Steven J. Ericson is Assistant Professor of History, Dartmouth College.

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