Academic journal article World History Bulletin

Editor's Note

Academic journal article World History Bulletin

Editor's Note

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I am deeply sorry to have to relay the news that my dear friend and colleague Dr. Denis Gainty died suddenly and unexpectedly two weeks ago. A scholar of modern Japanese history, Denis wrote a fascinating book, Martial Arts and the Body Politic in Meiji Japan (Routledge, 2013), that traces the history of the Japanese body as it was imagined by nationalists after the Meiji Restoration. At the time of his death he was deep into the research and writing of a volume about the inclusion of American bluegrass in the repertoire of Japanese musicians after the Second World War. His history of transpacific crosscultural exchanges in the wake of war and in the context of occupation promised to expand our understanding of how the soundscapes of the postwar period depended--perhaps more than anything else --on the historical processes of contact and exchange that transformed the American South as well as the nation of Japan.

The photo of Denis you see opposite was taken last fall in the north Georgia mountains, near the beginning of the Appalachian Trail that connects the American South with Denis's beloved Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. …

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