History Department
History Department

Acclaim for Prof. Metzler's new book

Tue, January 30, 2007

The book is the first full account of the prehistory of financial superpower Japan.

Richard J. Smethurst, author of A Social Basis for Prewar Japanese Militarism, writes, "Lever of Empire is an engrossing page turner – I simply could not put it down until I had finished it. This is an important subject, and one that has not been given adequate attention in Western scholarship on Japan until now. . ."

Simon James Bytheway from Nihon University describes the book as "thought-provoking, intellectually curious, and at times controversial. . . . Replete with astute references and finely drawn observations, it is a financial history for all those who study the humanities and social sciences. . . . Metzler has painted us a complete historical landscape, broad in focus and rich in insight."

In a review for the American Historical Review, Peter K. Frost writes that Metzler clearly illustrates how foreign bankers played a large role in shaping Japan’s monetary policies. "Metzler's book discusses the often hidden ways in which Western bankers, no doubt without fully realizing it, quietly helped create a 'lever of empire.' He concludes by praising its "wide scope, prodigious research, and vivid writing" that make it "an excellent book that we all need to master."

Related sites:
Assistant Professor Mark Metzler
University of California Press Offsite Link

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