Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Map

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xviii

...Many people suppose that I wrote a book about dogs because I am a dog lover. My family kept two dogs, an English pointer Belle (1965–1979) and a German short-haired pointer Christy (1976–1978), when I was a child, but many years delivering newspapers added some ambiguity to my fondness for canines. I never...

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Introduction: Canine Imperialism

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pp. 1-17

...On the morning of 21 May 1925, a dog known as Hachikoˉ walked with his master to a Tokyo railway station just as they had done each weekday morning for over a year since he had been adopted as a two-month-old puppy. That day his master, felled by a lethal stroke while at work, did not return. For the next decade, Hachikoˉ frequented the environs of the station. In 1932, thanks to the efforts of...

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1. The Native Dog and the Colonial Dog

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pp. 18-52

...Over two decades after an unnamed Harper’s writer asserted that, like American Indians, Asian canines were vicious, cutthroat, and decadent, the prolific British travel writer Isabella Bird (1831–1904) expressed a similar loathing for the dogs she encountered while journeying in northern Japan in 1878. The “primitive Japanese dog — a cream-coloured wolfish-looking animal, the size of a collie, very...

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2. Civilizing Canines; or, Domesticating and Destroying Dogs

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pp. 53-86

...new neighbor. Two of the dogs are native canines, as evidenced by their physical appearance and traditional Japanese clothing. The other dog is a Western canine wearing dark trousers and a navy-blue tunic. All three sport wooden tags hanging around their necks. In the accompanying text, the Western dog greets the native dogs, telling them that he has come from a faraway country to make his home...

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3. Fascism’s Furry Friends: The “Loyal Dog” Hachikoˉ and the Creation of the “Japanese” Dog

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pp. 87-129

...Thanks to his glorification, while he was alive and since, many people have heard of the tale of Hachikoˉ (1923–35). Numerous photographs exist of the dog, including one that likely dates from around 1933 showing an aging, large, doublecoated, cream-colored canine, hunched back on his hind legs, his right ear erect...

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4. Dogs of War: Mobilizing All Creatures Great and Small

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pp. 130-170

...While the “Loyal Dog” Hachikoˉ and most other “Japanese” canines were militarized only in the realm of the imagination, many dogs actually went to war. During the First and Second World Wars, nearly every combatant nation employed dogs to perform military-related tasks. The widespread, systematic deployment of canines...

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5. A Dog’s World: The Commodification of Contemporary Dog Keeping

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pp. 171-198

...In the spring of 1946, just over a half a year after the Japanese government’s surrender brought an end to the Second World War, the former army-dog specialist and owner of the Mikado Kennel, Sawabe Kenjiroˉ, reopened his shop across the street from the Takashimaya department store in the downtown Tokyo neighborhood...

Notes

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pp. 199-232

Bibliography

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pp. 233-252

Index

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pp. 253-268

Further Reading

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pp. 269-270