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The Resource The nature of the beasts : empire and exhibition at the Tokyo Imperial Zoo, Ian Jared Miller ; foreword by Harriet Ritvo

The nature of the beasts : empire and exhibition at the Tokyo Imperial Zoo, Ian Jared Miller ; foreword by Harriet Ritvo

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The nature of the beasts : empire and exhibition at the Tokyo Imperial Zoo
Title
The nature of the beasts
Title remainder
empire and exhibition at the Tokyo Imperial Zoo
Statement of responsibility
Ian Jared Miller ; foreword by Harriet Ritvo
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eng
Summary
It is widely known that such Western institutions as the museum, the university, and the penitentiary shaped Japan's emergence as a modern nation-state. Less commonly recognized is the role played by the distinctly hybrid institution--at once museum, laboratory, and prison--of the zoological garden. In this eye-opening study of Japan's first modern zoo, Tokyo's Ueno Imperial Zoological Gardens, opened in 1882, Ian Jared Miller offers a refreshingly unconventional narrative of Japan's rapid modernization and changing relationship with the natural world. As the first zoological garden in the world not built under the sway of a Western imperial regime, the Ueno Zoo served not only as a staple attraction in the nation's capital--an institutional marker of national accomplishment--but also as a site for the propagation of a new "natural" order that was scientifically verifiable and evolutionarily foreordained. As the Japanese empire grew, Ueno became one of the primary sites of imperialist spectacle, a microcosm of the empire that could be traveled in the course of a single day. The meaning of the zoo would change over the course of Imperial Japan's unraveling and subsequent Allied occupation. Today it remains one of Japan's most frequently visited places. But instead of empire in its classic political sense, it now bespeaks the ambivalent dominion of the human species over the natural environment, harkening back to its imperial roots even as it asks us to question our exploitation of the planet's resources
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1970-
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Miller, Ian Jared
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Asia: local studies/global themes
Series volume
27
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  • Ueno Dōbutsuen (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Zoos
  • Philosophy of nature
  • Nature and civilization
  • Ueno Dōbutsuen (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Nature and civilization
  • Philosophy of nature
  • Zoos
  • Japan
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The nature of the beasts : empire and exhibition at the Tokyo Imperial Zoo, Ian Jared Miller ; foreword by Harriet Ritvo
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : Japan's ecological modernity -- Japan's animal kingdom : the origins of ecological modernity and the birth of the zoo -- The dreamlife of imperialism : commerce, conquest, and the naturalization of ecological modernity -- Military animals : the zoological gardens and the culture of total war -- The great zoo massacre -- The children's zoo : elephant ambassadors and other creatures of the Allied occupation -- Pandas in the Anthropocene : Japan's "panda boom" and the limits of ecological modernity -- Epilogue : the sorrows of ecological modernity
Control code
833917969
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxvii, 322 pages
Isbn
9780520271869
Lccn
2013002001
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40022616993
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)833917969
Label
The nature of the beasts : empire and exhibition at the Tokyo Imperial Zoo, Ian Jared Miller ; foreword by Harriet Ritvo
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : Japan's ecological modernity -- Japan's animal kingdom : the origins of ecological modernity and the birth of the zoo -- The dreamlife of imperialism : commerce, conquest, and the naturalization of ecological modernity -- Military animals : the zoological gardens and the culture of total war -- The great zoo massacre -- The children's zoo : elephant ambassadors and other creatures of the Allied occupation -- Pandas in the Anthropocene : Japan's "panda boom" and the limits of ecological modernity -- Epilogue : the sorrows of ecological modernity
Control code
833917969
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxvii, 322 pages
Isbn
9780520271869
Lccn
2013002001
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40022616993
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)833917969

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