The adjective in Hebrew : an analysis of its morphology and function.
Over recent years cultural geography has refrained the parameters
within which landscape and human agency are examined. Textual
sources, social conditions, and ideological programmes are all seen
as having a bearing on the shape of the environment and the human
reaction to it. This thesis considers landscape change on the
periphery of Tokyo known before 1868 as Edo) within the general
framework of this new cultural geography and the specific context of
the history of Japan's largest city.
Situated in the northeastern outskirts of the city on the banks of
its main river, Miukvjima was before about 1900 a place of recreation
and diversion. Its temples, shrines, and ornamental gardens were a
favoured site for blossom viewing and, in general terms, for dad,
trips from the city centre. Around the turn of the century, however,
factories were built, and the area was transformed within a few
decades into an industrial periphery specializing in the manufacture
of textiles, leather, matches, and other light industrial goods.
The thesis contains two principal arguments, The first relates to
the process of landscape creation and appreciation It is argued that
the Japanese sensibility to space is informed by an innate appreciation
of its symbolic content and by an exceptionally close assdciation
between place itself and its textual and pictoral representation,
The second relates to the process of urban change in the
context of a modernising city. it is argued that alternative views of
the urban environment arose but that, despite these differing interpretations,
open space did not become an arena for contention. By examining
the nature and process of urban change as well as perceptions
of a chosen environment, the thesis sets out the structural context
of rapid social transformation.