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The Cultural Evolution of Postwar Japan: The Intellectual Contributions of <em>Kaizō's</em> Yamamoto Sanehiko


The Cultural Evolution of Postwar Japan: The Intellectual Contributions of Kaizō's Yamamoto Sanehiko



Yamamoto Sanehiko's (1885-1952) achievements as a publisher, writer, politician and entrepreneur in the interwar period served as both a catalyst and a critical template for developments in the postwar period. Yamamoto produced the comprehensive magazine Kaizō that challenged the status quo, he introduced the inexpensive and revolutionary enpon books, he brought important Western figures to Japan for speaking tours, he interpreted China for his contemporaries, and he served as a politician. While exploring the accomplishments of this compelling figure, this study sheds new light on the social, cultural, and political changes that occurred in postwar Japan.



Publication Date



Palgrave Macmillan


New York


Asian History | Cultural History | Political History | Social History


Description, cover image, and reviews courtesy of Palgrave Macmillan.

Subject Areas

Yamamoto, Sanehiko, 1885-1952; Publishers and publishing -- Japan -- Biography; Authors, Japanese -- 20th century -- Biography; Periodicals -- Publishing -- Japan -- History -- 20th century; Kaizō

Author/Editor Bio

Christopher Keaveney is Professor of Japanese at Linfield College. He holds a Ph.D in Japanese and Comparative Literature from Washington University (St. Louis), an M.A. in Japanese Language and Literature from Washington University (St. Louis), and a B.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from Manhattan College.


"A compelling, comprehensive, expertly researched, and long overdue study of Yamamoto Sanehiko (1885-1952), president of a major Japanese publishing house in interwar and early postwar Japan, and a key figure in Japanese intellectual and literary history. Keaveney's nuanced book skillfully illuminates Yamamoto's many achievements, the paradoxes that came to define his career, and most importantly his vital role as a cultural broker among Japan, China, and the West." - Karen L. Thornber, Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

"Focusing on the accomplishments of Yamamoto Sanehiko (1885-1952), a leading journalist and cultural entrepreneur, Keaveney has produced an exemplary study that touches upon a range of modern Japanese literary currents and trends. As founder and editor of the influential journal Kaizō, Yamamoto inspired important innovations in literary publishing and stimulated a productive Sino-Japanese literary and intellectual exchange. An illuminating and entirely engaging book." - Marvin Marcus, Professor of Japanese Language and Literature, Washington University in St. Louis

The Cultural Evolution of Postwar Japan: The Intellectual Contributions of <em>Kaizō's</em> Yamamoto Sanehiko