The Woodrow Wilson Center Press
Second Metropolis: Pragmatic Pluralism in Gilded Age Chicago, Silver Age Moscow, and Meiji Osaka
By exploring and comparing North America's, Russia's, and Japan's "second cities" of a century ago—-Chicago, Moscow, and Osaka—-Second Metropolis discloses the extent to which social fragmentation, frequently viewed as an obstacle to democratic development, actually fostered 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.
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"This is a lively, well-researched book with a forceful argument."—-James Gilbert, Journal of Economic History
"A comparative work such as this helps to undercut the historiography of ‘exceptionalism' that still plagues Russian studies."—-Louise McReynolds, American Historical Review
List of Illustrations Preface 1. Introduction: Form 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, andthe Meaning of Moscow Bibliography Index