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Simon Partner

Professor of History
History
Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
303 Classroom Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Selected Publications


Koume's World

Book · 2024 Cite

A YEAR OF CALAMITIES

Chapter · 2024 Cite

WAR AND REVOLUTION

Chapter · 2024 Cite

THE ARTIST'S LIFE

Chapter · 2024 Cite

ACROSS THE DIVIDE

Chapter · 2024 Cite

WORK AND FAMILY

Chapter · 2024 Cite

Assembled in Japan: Electrical goods and the making of the Japanese consumer

Book · April 28, 2023 Assembled in Japan investigates one of the great success stories of the twentieth century: the rise of the Japanese electronics industry. Contrary to mainstream interpretation, Simon Partner discovers that behind the meteoric rise of Sony, Matsushita, Tosh ... Cite

Art and Gender in an Age of Revolution

Journal Article Japan Review · January 1, 2021 This essay examines the social, cultural, and economic life of Kawai Koume (1804–1889), a bushi housewife and artist living in the Wakayama castle town of Kishū domain in the final years of the Tokugawa era and the early years of Meiji. Using a diary that ... Full text Cite

Bombing the City: Civilian Accounts of the Air War in Britain and Japan, 1939-1945

Journal Article JOURNAL OF JAPANESE STUDIES · December 1, 2020 Link to item Cite

DOWN AND OUT IN LATE MEIJI JAPAN

Journal Article PACIFIC AFFAIRS · 2020 Cite

3 - Small Town, Big Dreams

Chapter · January 1, 2020 This chapter describes the experiences of a farmer-merchant, Shinohara Chūemon, in the new Yokohama treaty port between 1859 and 1873. By examining the activities, decisions, and fortunes of one individual in the context of the new global space of Yokohama ... Full text Cite

Japan’s global peace moment

Journal Article Japan Forum · October 2, 2018 This article examines the organization and activities of the Dai Nippon Heiwa Kyōkai (Japan Peace Society, founded in 1906), a group that was loosely affiliated with peace societies in Britain, the US, and other countries, as well as with the International ... Full text Cite

Merchant's Tale

Book · 2018 Cite

Koume's World

Book · 2024 Cite

A YEAR OF CALAMITIES

Chapter · 2024 Cite

WAR AND REVOLUTION

Chapter · 2024 Cite

THE ARTIST'S LIFE

Chapter · 2024 Cite

ACROSS THE DIVIDE

Chapter · 2024 Cite

WORK AND FAMILY

Chapter · 2024 Cite

Assembled in Japan: Electrical goods and the making of the Japanese consumer

Book · April 28, 2023 Assembled in Japan investigates one of the great success stories of the twentieth century: the rise of the Japanese electronics industry. Contrary to mainstream interpretation, Simon Partner discovers that behind the meteoric rise of Sony, Matsushita, Tosh ... Cite

Art and Gender in an Age of Revolution

Journal Article Japan Review · January 1, 2021 This essay examines the social, cultural, and economic life of Kawai Koume (1804–1889), a bushi housewife and artist living in the Wakayama castle town of Kishū domain in the final years of the Tokugawa era and the early years of Meiji. Using a diary that ... Full text Cite

Bombing the City: Civilian Accounts of the Air War in Britain and Japan, 1939-1945

Journal Article JOURNAL OF JAPANESE STUDIES · December 1, 2020 Link to item Cite

DOWN AND OUT IN LATE MEIJI JAPAN

Journal Article PACIFIC AFFAIRS · 2020 Cite

3 - Small Town, Big Dreams

Chapter · January 1, 2020 This chapter describes the experiences of a farmer-merchant, Shinohara Chūemon, in the new Yokohama treaty port between 1859 and 1873. By examining the activities, decisions, and fortunes of one individual in the context of the new global space of Yokohama ... Full text Cite

Japan’s global peace moment

Journal Article Japan Forum · October 2, 2018 This article examines the organization and activities of the Dai Nippon Heiwa Kyōkai (Japan Peace Society, founded in 1906), a group that was loosely affiliated with peace societies in Britain, the US, and other countries, as well as with the International ... Full text Cite

Merchant's Tale

Book · 2018 Cite

PROSPERITY (1864-1866)

Chapter · 2018 Cite

The Merchant's Tale Yokohama and the Transformation of Japan

Book · December 19, 2017 Partner’s microhistory of a vibrant meeting place humanizes the story of Japan’s revolutionary 1860s and their profound consequences for Japanese society and culture. ... Cite

Daily Life in Wartime Japan, 1940–1945 by Samuel Hideo Yamashita

Journal Article The Journal of Japanese Studies · 2017 Full text Cite

Review of Fabricating Consumers: The Sewing Machine in Modern Japan by Andrew Gordon

Journal Article Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies · June 2013 Cite

Fabricating Consumers: The Sewing Machine in Modern Japan by Andrew Gordon (review)

Journal Article Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies · June 2013 Full text Cite

Peasants into citizens?: The Meiji village in the Russo-Japanese war

Journal Article Monumenta Nipponica · January 1, 2007 Full text Cite

Toshie: A Story of Rural Life in Twentieth Century Japan

Book · 2004 Sakaue Toshié was born on August 14, 1925, into a family of tenant farmers and day laborers in the hamlet of Kosugi. The world she entered was one of hard labor, poverty, dirt, disease, and frequent early death. By the 1970s, that rural world had changed a ... Cite

Review of Autobiography of a Geisha by Sayo Masuda

Journal Article MONUMENTA NIPPONICA · 2004 Link to item Cite

A time of crisis: Japan, the great depression, and rural revitalization.

Journal Article AGRICULTURAL HISTORY · September 1, 2002 Link to item Cite

Review of A Time of Crisis by Kerry Smith

Journal Article Agricultural History · 2002 Cite

Brightening Country Lives: Selling Electrical Goods in the Japanese Countryside

Journal Article Enterprise And Society · December 2000 Cite

Brightening Country Lives: Selling Electrical Goods in the Japanese Countryside, 1950–1970

Journal Article Enterprise and Society · January 1, 2000 In the aftermath of World War II, Japanese companies looked to the United States as a model of middle-class, consumer-driven prosperity. Although living conditions in Japan were very different from those in the United States, Japanese companies imported pr ... Full text Cite

Review of Japan’s Postwar Economy: Erich Pauer, ed.

Journal Article Monumenta Nipponica · September 1999 Cite

Japan's War Economy

Journal Article Monumenta Nipponica · 1999 Full text Cite