The social history of Japan between the First and Second World Wars is a neglected area of study. The contributors to this volume consider factors such as nationalism, class, gender and race. They also explore the ideas and activities of a number of new social and political groups, such as the urban white collar class (including middle class working women), socialists, industrial workers and emigrants. The book questions the myth of Japanese homogeneity, and gives an emphasis to the diversity, cross-currents and socio-political tensions that characterised the 1920s and 1930s.
'Society and the State in Interwar Japan presents a valuable collection nof essays from scholars in Australia and New Zealand. More than most collections of scholarly articles, this one succeeds in highlighting particular thems, especially the complexity of relations between the society and state. This is a good book.' - Monumenta Nipponica