Writing a Modern Japanese History: Some Thoughts on Nation-Building and Sewing Machines
42nd Annual Arthur L. Throckmorton Lecture
Monday, February 21, 3:30 pm
Templeton Student Center, Council Chamber
Dr. Andrew Gordon is Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History at Harvard University, where he is also Director of the Edwin O.Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies. He specializes in the economic history of modern Japan, and he is currently researching the role played by the sewing machine in the creation of twentieth-century Japanese consumer culture. Professor Gordon has written extensively on the history of labor relations in twentieth-century Japan, his Labor and Imperial Democracy in Prewar Japan (1991) winning the Fairbank Prize of the American Historical Association. His works also include The Evolution of Labor Relations in Japan: Heavy Industry, 1853-1955 (1985); The Wages of Affluence: Labor and Management in Postwar Japan (1998); and the comprehensive, thoroughly researched, and highly acclaimed textbook A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present (2002). He edited Postwar Japan as History (1993) and was a co-editor for Historical Perspectives on Contemporary East Asia.