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By Ian Jared Miller,Harriet Ritvo

ISBN-10: 0520271866

ISBN-13: 9780520271869

it truly is well known that such Western associations because the museum, the collage, and the prison formed Japan’s emergence as a latest countryside. much less regularly well-known is the function performed by means of the surprisingly hybrid institution—at as soon as museum, laboratory, and prison—of the zoological backyard. during this eye-opening examine of Japan’s first smooth zoo, Tokyo’s Ueno Imperial Zoological Gardens, opened in 1882, Ian Jared Miller bargains a refreshingly unconventional narrative of Japan’s quick modernization and altering dating with the flora and fauna. because the first zoological backyard on this planet now not outfitted less than the sway of a Western imperial regime, the Ueno Zoo served not just as a staple allure within the nation’s capital—an institutional marker of nationwide accomplishment—but additionally as a website for the propagation of a brand new "natural" order that was once scientifically verifiable and evolutionarily foreordained. because the jap empire grew, Ueno grew to become one of many fundamental websites of imperialist spectacle, a microcosm of the empire which may be traveled during a unmarried day. The that means of the zoo might switch over the process Imperial Japan’s unraveling and next Allied career. this day it is still certainly one of Japan’s most often visited locations. yet rather than empire in its vintage political experience, it now bespeaks the ambivalent dominion of the human species over the average atmosphere, harkening again to its imperial roots at the same time it asks us to question our exploitation of the planet’s resources.

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