Building on Shaken Ground

Science  23 Jun 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5781, pp. 1749
DOI: 10.1126/science.1130280

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Earthquake Nation. The Cultural Politics of Japanese Seismicity, 1868-1930. By Gregory Clancey. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA, 2006. 345 pp. $49.95, £32.50. ISBN 0-520-24607-1.

The author explores the development of seismology and quake-resistant engineering along with their cultural and political ramifications in Japan between the Meiji Restoration and the 1923 earthquake that destroyed Tokyo.