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By C. Andrew Gerstle

The interval of jap historical past sooner than the arrival of industrialisation and modernism is of great curiosity. The essays during this assortment exhibit a fascination with the social context at the back of the advance of aesthetics, drama, language, artwork and philosophy, even if it's the area of the excitement quarters or the Shogun's court docket.

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45 The ages of 284,020 refugees who registered at Zhejiang reception centers from January to August 1938 underscore who was more likely to choose to become refugees. Sui signifies the Chinese way of keeping age that makes infants one year old when they are born; thus, in terms of Western age-counting, 36 to 50 sui would be 35 to 49 years old. –Aug. â•–72–74. 32 In a Sea of Bitterness These figures are consistent with national figures of refugee ages. When figures are broken down in half decades above 50 sui, the lack of willingness of the elderly to become refugees is even clearer.

The commercial sectors of the city suffered heavy destruction. There were still no markets open on September 23, almost a month after the Japanese withdrew. Most areas inside the city wall saw up to 90 percent of the houses (8,228) destroyed. In Qu County 19,112 were killed or wounded; 28,800 houses were burned to the ground; 6,600 water buffalo were killed, as were 119,000 hogs; and 97,000 catties of grain were stolen. These areas were alluring, for they never saw any military action; the Fujian sites also provided work for refugees in land reclamation.

22 In a Sea of Bitterness Strategically, Japan’s taking Xiaoshan would make an invasion of Zhedong much easier, obviating the difficult crossing of the wide Qiantang River at the launch of a campaign. 24 From then until mid-June 1938, Japanese bombers struck the county sixty-eight times, killing 604, wounding more than 2,200, and destroying about 4,500 homes. Major institutions began to move into the interior: county offices moved into the southern part of the county; the famous Xiang Lake Normal School relocated to Songyang County in the far southwest of the province.

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