Histories on the Edge: "Illumination and its Discontents: Electricity Theft and the Political Economy of Japanese Energy"
How did the world’s third-largest economy, Japan, become addicted to fossil fuels? The first non-Western nation to industrialize—a process driven by calories from coal and calories from bodies—the country now imports 97% of its primary energy and is home to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, site of three partial core melts. This talk takes us back to the dawn of the energy-intensive culture that we now call “modernity,” tracing the emergence of new attitudes towards electrical power and tracking the development of a political economy that has colonized the climate. Our focus will be tight: the streets of Yokohama and Tokyo at the beginning of the twentieth century.
This talk is the ninth session in the UBC History Department's Colloquium Series 2017 - 2018: Histories on the Edge. This talk is co-sponsored by the UBC Centre for Japanese Research.
About the Presenter
Dr. Tim Miller is a Professor of History at Harvard University.