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01 Jul 19
Electrified Voices: How the Telephone, Phonograph, and Radio Shaped Modern Japan, 1868-1945 by Yasar Kerim

Electrified Voices: How the Telephone, Phonograph, and Radio Shaped Modern Japan, 1868-1945 by Yasar Kerim

Review by Francesco Cioffo

In Electrified Voices, Kerim Yasar traces the origins of the modern soundscape, showing how the revolutionary nature of sound technology and the rise of a new auditory culture played an essential role in the formation of Japanese modernity.

28 Mar 19
The Ghost of Namamugi by Robert S.G. Fletcher

The Ghost of Namamugi by Robert S.G. Fletcher

Review by Trevor Skingle

In 1862 a British merchant was killed by samurai, in uncertain circumstances, at Namamugi – a quiet village near Yokohama. One year later, a British fleet bombarded the port of Kagoshima to extract reparations, reducing much of this south-western city to ash.

Japan's WWII Legacy: Interviews with Japanese Veterans by Hiroko Sherwin

Japan’s WWII Legacy: Interviews with Japanese Veterans by Hiroko Sherwin

Review by Francesco Cioffo

Written from the perspective of Japanese veterans, this book is a well-timed contribution to re-discover how WWII still shapes, the lives of many.

08 Nov 18
British Foreign Secretaries and Japan 1850-1990 edited by Antony Best and Hugh Cortazzi

British Foreign Secretaries and Japan 1850-1990 edited by Antony Best and Hugh Cortazzi

Review by Peter Kornicki

The essays in this book, written by the two editors and by others including Ian Nish and Thomas Otte, show us how the Anglo-Japanese relationship played out in Whitehall through the careers of the successive foreign secretaries, starting with Lords John Russell, Clarendon and Granville and ending with Sir Geoffrey Howe.

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