Men in Metal: A Topography of Public Bronze Statuary in Modern Japan (Hardcover)

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Men in Metal: A Topography of Public Bronze Statuary in Modern Japan (Hardcover)

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In his pioneering study, Men in Metal, Sven Saaler examines Japanese public statuary as a central site of historical memory from its beginnings in the Meiji period through the twenty-first century. Saaler shows how the elites of the modern Japanese nation-state went about constructing an iconography of national heroes to serve their agenda of instilling national (and nationalist) thinking into the masses. Based on a wide range of hitherto untapped primary sources, Saaler combines data-driven quantitative analysis and in-depth case studies to identify the categories and historical figures that dominated public space. Men in Metal also explores the agents behind this visualized form of the politics of memory and introduces historiographical controversies surrounding statue-building in modern Japan.
Sven Saaler, PhD, Bonn University, is professor of Modern Japanese History at Sophia University in Tokyo. He has written intensively on the history of regionalism in East Asia, on history controversies in Japan and on Japanese-German relations.
Product Details ISBN: 9789004414433
ISBN-10: 9004414436
Publisher: Brill
Publication Date: August 19th, 2020
Pages: 368
Language: English