On Thursday, September 25, in Dickinson 207, at 8pm, RICH will hold this year’s first evening discussion session. Using the East Asian example, Elijah Greenstein will introduce this year’s theme of “(Un)Global Capitalism,” what we hope will be a continuing conversation on parsing the plausibility of discussing capitalism in global terms, drawing comparisons across time and space.
As usual, we have kept the readings to a manageable 100 pages. These articles will spur debate on how best to discuss capitalism and proto-industrialization in Japan, China, and East Asia more broadly. Pomeranz’s article in particular invites us to consider the use of such concepts in comparative studies of development patterns in China, the “West,” and other societies around the world. Howell and Schiltz’s articles, meanwhile, indicate the challenges involved in appraising the ways that both structural changes internal to Japan, as well as trans-regional/transnational processes factored into capitalism’s emergence and development there.
Howell, David L. “Proto-Industrial Origins of Japanese Capitalism,” Journal of Asian Studies, 51/2 (May, 1992): 269-286.
Lafeber, Walter. The Clash: The U.S.-Japanese Relations Throughout History.
(chapter 1: “Irresistible Force, Immovable Object”)
Pomeranz, Kenneth. “Is There an East Asian Development Path? Long-Term Comparisons, Constraints, and Continuities,” Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, 44/3 (2001): 322-362.
Schiltz, Michael. “Money on the road to empire: Japan’s adoption of gold monometallism, 1873-97,” Economic History Review, 65/3 (2012: 1147-1168.