Item description for Second Metropolis: Pragmatic Pluralism in Gilded Age Chicago, Silver Age Moscow, and Meiji Osaka by Blair A. Ruble...
By exploring and comparing North America's, Russia's, and Japan's "second cities" of a century ago -- Chicago, Moscow, and Osaka -- Second Metropolis discloses the extent to which social fragmentation, frequently viewed as an obstacle to democratic development, actually fostered pluralistic public policies.
Such policies are explored through six case studies -- the politics of street railways and charter reform in Chicago, adult education and housing in Moscow, and harbor revitalization and poverty alleviation in Osaka -- that illustrate how even those with massive political and economic power were stymied by the complexity of their communities. Chicago, Moscow, and Osaka, though the products of very different nations and cultures, nonetheless shared an important experience of inclusive politics during an era of extraordinary growth and social diversity. The success of all three cities, which went well beyond mere survival, rested on a distinctive political resource: pragmatic pluralism.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.26" Width: 6.18" Height: 1.03" Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Release Date Mar 11, 2004
Publisher Woodrow Wilson Center Press
ISBN 1930365152 ISBN13 9781930365155
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More About Blair A. Ruble
Blair A. Ruble is Director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. An established scholar and administrator in the field of Russian and Soviet studies, he is also the author of "Soviet Trade Unions: Their Developments in the 1970s"
Blair A. Ruble was born in 1949 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC.
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Stimulating comparison Jul 11, 2002
As a Japanese living near Osaka, the topic -- comparison between Chicago, Moscow and Osaka is very stimulating. Although written in a highly academic style, this book is easy to read for non-academia, with a lot of historical pictures. The authorfs main concern is to put Moscow (and Russia) in a comparative perspective, but at the same time he succeeded in portraying the dynamic transformation of modern urban society vividly. I recommended this book to many friends in my country. Some day we would like to have translated version of this book for Japanese market. Many of us are fed up with situation Japan tends to be treated as overly unique or exceptional by observers Japanese and foreign alike. Our country and culture may be unique, but it is just as unique as most of the nations in the world. It seems to me that the author likes to say same thing to Russia. He successfully presented an interesting case by putting the three great non-capital cities side by side.