Need, Greed, and Protest in Japan's Black Market, 1938-1949

  title={Need, Greed, and Protest in Japan's Black Market, 1938-1949},
  author={Owen Griffiths},
  journal={Journal of Social History},
  pages={825 - 858}
  • O. Griffiths
  • Published 1 June 2002
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Social History
The image of Japan's black market as a historical marker, forged in the crucible of defeat, is powerfully persuasive, but also misleading. It did not arise, phoenix-like, from the ashes of defeat but grew steadily into a compelling structure of daily life from the late 1930s to the late 1940s. This paper analyzes its evolution and argues that the black market was in fact a structure of continuity linking war and defeat as a single historical era. As such, the black market was more than just a… Expand
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