Japan in Print: Information and Nation in the Early Modern Period
"Anyone interested in the history of media and communications should read Beth Berry's extraordinary book. Learned, lucid, and lively, it has much to ... Show synopsis "Anyone interested in the history of media and communications should read Beth Berry's extraordinary book. Learned, lucid, and lively, it has much to teach students of premodern societies in Europe and elsewhere."--Anthony Grafton, Henry Putnam University Professor of History, Princeton University "In "Japan in Print," Mary Elizabeth Berry crisply condenses a remarkable amount of primary research on difficult and little-known materials, and it interprets those materials in a highly original framework. The scholarship is superb, and the writing is as masterful as the research. Anyone interested in East Asian cultural production will find this compelling reading."--Karen E. Wigen, author of "The Making of a Japanese Periphery, 1750-1920" "This is a very important book, not only for its insights into a vast body of previously overlooked texts, but also for its methodology. While historians have known that early modern Japan produced maps, for example, no one has heretofore compared them to their medieval predecessors or examined them for what they say about an emerging Japanese cartographic imagination. This is a highly original work, and it will change the field."--Anne Walthall, author of "The Weak Body of a Useless Woman: Matsuo Taseko and the Meiji Restoration"