Capitalism in China and Japan

History 103F.002

Fall 2013
Day & Time: 
M 10-12

In 1978, Japan became the world’s second largest economy amid heated debates about whether “Japanese Capitalism” was a model or a menace. Also in 1978, the People’s Republic of China began experimenting with free-market economic policies and, as a result, overtook Japan as the world’s second largest economy in 2010. Debate now rages about the virtues and vices of “Chinese Capitalism,” while Japan flounders in stagnation. This seminar contextualizes China and Japan in the history of global capitalism through readings in political economy, cultural history, and intellectual history.

George Lazopoulos received his PhD in history from UC Berkeley, and an MA in East Asian Area Studies from the University of Southern California. He is interested in the cultural and spiritual lives of modern industrial societies. His dissertation is a critical history of Buddhist philosophy in modern Japan.

Course Books

Global Economic History by Allen, Robert Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199596652 Required
Marxism and the Crisis of Development in Prewar Japan by Hoston, Germaine Princeton University Press. ISBN: 978-0691102061 Required
Overcome by modernity by Harootunian, Harry Princeton University Press. ISBN: 978-0691095486 Required
Golden Age of the Chinese Bourgeoisie by Bergere, Marie-Claire Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-0521110716 Required
Capitalism and Nationalism in Prewar Japan by Marshall, Byron Stanford University Press. ISBN: 978-0804703253 Required
The Great Divergence by Pomeranz, Kenneth Princeton University Press. ISBN: 978-0691090108 Required
ReOrient by Frank, Andre Gunder University of California Press. ISBN: 978-0520214743 Required
MITI and the Japanese Miracle by Johnson, Chalmers Stanford University Press. ISBN: 978-0804712064 Required
The Deng Xiaoping Era by Meisner, Maurice Hill and Wang. ISBN: 978-0809078158 Required
Mao's China and After by Meisner, Maurice Free Press. ISBN: 978-0684856353 Required