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Uneven Moments: Reflections on Japan’s Modern History
04/04/2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Book talk with Harry Harootunian, Max Palevsky Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Chicago; Professor Emeritus of East Asian studies at New York University; Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
Moderated by Carol Gluck, George Sansom Professor of History, Columbia University
Uneven Moments begins with reflections on area studies as an academic field and how we go about studying a region. It then moves into discussions of key topics in modern Japanese history. Harootunian considers Japan’s fateful encounter with capitalist modernity and the implications of uneven development, examining the combinations of older practices with new demands that characterized the twentieth century. The book examines the making of modern Japan, the transformations of everyday life, and the collision between the production of forms of cultural expression and new political possibilities. Finally, Harootunian analyzes Japanese political identity and its forms of reckoning with the past. Exploring the shifting relationship among culture, the making of meaning, and politics in rich reflections on Marxism and critical theory, Uneven Moments presents Harootunian’s intellectual trajectory and in so doing offers a unique assessment of Japanese history.