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Patriotic recession: Kyoto responds to war

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This chapter presents an analysis of how the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) influenced society at the micro-level of the local community. This analysis is presented from the viewpoint of 'war and society'. Observations made from this viewpoint to date have varied in their explanations. The chapter, while acknowledging that different regions of Japan were affected in different ways and to differing extents, focuses particularly on Kyoto's experiences, depicting a phase in the life of a community during the Russo-Japanese War. Before the Russo-Japanese War, Russia's economic strength was significantly higher than that of Japan: GNP was 7.3 times greater and per capita was 2.3 times greater. Among the major businesses in Kyoto, the largest was the textile industry, which accounted for 86.7% of premises and 86.2% of total employees.

Keywords: Kyoto; Russo-Japanese War; textile industry



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