As he explores the selling buying and use of the sewing machine in the early to mid twentieth century gordon finds that its history is a lens through which we can examine the modern transformation of daily life in japan. Since its early days of mass production in the 1850s the sewing machine has been intricately connected with the global development of capitalism andrew gordon. Since its early days of mass production in the 1850s the sewing machine has been intricately connected with the global development of capitalism andrew gordon traces the machines remarkable journey into and throughout japan where it not only transformed manners of dress but also helped change patterns of daily life class structure and the role of women. The sewing machine like the bicycle was a simple machine that radically changed the daily lives of people throughout the world from the late nineteenth into t. Fabricating consumers the sewing machine in modern japan yields a wealth of insights on a variety of issues pertaining to business history labor relations the role of women in japan the nature of wartime japan the impact of globalization and the experience of modernity for the japanese
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