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Second Metropolis
Pragmatic Pluralism in Gilded Age Chicago, Silver Age Moscow, and Meiji Osaka


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  • Author: Blair A. Ruble, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC
  • Date Published: July 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521801799

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  • By exploring and comparing North America's, Russia's, and Japan's 'second cities' - Chicago, Moscow, and Osaka - Second Metropolis discloses the extent to which social fragmentation, frequently viewed as an obstacle to democratic development, actually fostered a 'pragmatic pluralism' that nurtured pluralistic public policies. Such policies are explored through six case studies - the politics of street railways and charter reform in Chicago, adult education and housing in Moscow, and harbor revitalization and poverty alleviation in Osaka - that illustrate how even those with massive political and economic power were stymied by the complexity of their communities. Chicago, Moscow, and Osaka, though the products of very different nations and cultures, nonetheless shared an important experience of inclusive politics during an era of extraordinary growth and social diversity. The success of all three cities, which went well beyond mere survival, rested on a distinctive political resource: pragmatic pluralism.

    • Provides a unique comparison of North America's, Russia's, and Japan's 'second cities' - Chicago, Moscow, and Osaka
    • Focuses on the 1860s, a decade of wrenching political reform and social change in the United States, Russia, and Japan
    • Shows how social fragmentation led to the development of pluralistic public policies rather than impeding democratic development
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2001
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521801799
    • length: 484 pages
    • dimensions: 238 x 162 x 37 mm
    • weight: 0.784kg
    • contains: 39 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: from hegemony to pragmatic pluralism
    Part I. Three Industrial Giants:
    2. Porkopolis
    3. Russia's calico heart
    4. Kitchen of the country
    Part II. Tales of Success and Excess:
    5. Transit tussles
    6. Educating Moscow's workers
    7. Prosperity's harbor
    Part III. Riots and Revolution:
    8. Charter failure
    9. The worst-housed city in Europe
    10. Poverty and riots
    Part IV. Conclusion:
    11. Successful pragmatic pluralists: the practice of politics without hegemony
    12. The practice of pragmatic pluralism: the city, transitional capitalism, and the meaning of Moscow.

  • Author

    Blair A. Ruble, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC

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