Comparative Regional Development in Europe and East Asia (M. Selden)



From: (mark selden)

The enclosed syllabus is my Binghamton University graduate seminar on Regional Development, which this time round means:

Regional Development: Europe and East Asia

spanning the 12th to the 20th century with an eye toward coming to grips with the meaning of the region in world historical perspective.

Comparative Regional Development: Europe and East Asia

Sociology 690M Fall 1995 Mark Selden

The following books are available in the campus bookstore

  1. Janet Abu-Lughod, Before European Hegemony. The World System A.D. 1250-1350 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989)
  2. W. G. Beasley, Japanese Colonialism, 1895-1945 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987)
  3. Bernard Chavance, The Transformation of Communist Systems. Economic Reform Since the 1950s (Boulder: Westview, 1994)
  4. Nicholas Lardy, China in the World Economy (Washington: Institute for International Economics, 1994)


  1. Giovanni Arrighi, The Long Twentieth Century. Money, Power, and the Origins of Our Times (London: Verso, 1995)
  2. Charles Tilly and Wim Blockmans, eds., Cities and the Rise of States in Europe, A.D. 1000 to 1800 (Boulder: Westview, 1994)
  3. Mark Selden, The Political Economy of Chinese Development (Armonk: M.E. Sharpe, 1993)
  4. Robert Wade, Governing the Market. Economic Theory and the Role of Government in East Asian Industrialization (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990)

I Comparative Approaches to Regional Development

  1. Europe, Middle East, Asia: the 13th century world economy (1)
    1. Janet Abu-Lughod, Before European Hegemony. The World System A.D. 1250-1350, 1-134, 251-373. Supplement: The Middle East, pp. 137-250.
  2. Europe and the Modern World System (2)

1. Fernand Braudel, "Economies in Space: the world-economies," The Perspective of the World, 21-44; "foreword," "Europe: Wheels of Trade at the Highest Levels, in The Wheels of Commerce, 21-3, 97-113.

2. Charles Tilly, "Entanglements of European Cities and States," and Wim Blockmans, "Voracious States and Obstructing Cities: State Formation in Preindstrial Europe," in Tilly and Wim Blockmans, eds., Cities and the Rise of States in Europe, A.D. 1000 to 1800, 1-27, 218-50.

3. Giovanni Arrighi, "The Three Hegemonies of Historical Capitalism," in The Long Twentieth Century, 27-84.

C The East Asian World: Tribute and Trade (3)

  1. Takeshi Hamashita Takeshi, "The Tribute Trade System and Modern Asia," Memoirs of the Research Department of the Toyo Bunko 45 (1987) 7-25.
  2. John Fairbank, The Chinese World Order. Traditional China's Foreign Relations. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1968:
    1. Fairbank, "A Preliminary Framework," 1-19;
    2. Mark Mancall, "The Ch'ing Tribute System: An Interpretive Essay, 63-89;
    3. Robert Sakai, "The Ryukyu (Liu-ch'iu) Islands as a Fief of Satsuma," 112-34;
    4. Fairbank, "The Early Treaty System in the Chinese World Order," 257-75.
  3. Satoshi Ikeda, "The History of the Capitalist World-System vs. the History of East-Southeast Asia," forthcoming Review.
  4. Andre Gunder Frank, "The Centrality of Central Asia," a symposium in Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars 24,2 (1992) 50-74.

Regional Research Working Group Meeting (4) Three times in the course of the semester the seminar will meet in conjunction with the Fernand Braudel Center's regional research working group.

II The Transformation of Asia in the Age of Colonialism and Incorporation

  1. Colonialism and Contestation in Asia I: The West in Asia (5)
    1. Ronald Robinson, "The Excentric Idea of Imperialism, With or Without Empire," 267-89 in Wolfgang Mommsen and Jurgen Osterhammel, Imperialism and After. Continuities and Discontinuities.
    2. Takeshi Hamashita, "Japan and China in the 19th and 20th Centuries," unpublished paper, Japan in Asia Conference, Cornell University, 1994.
    3. W. G. Beasley, Chs. 1-3, 7, 9-11, 15, Conclusion in Japanese Imperialism, 1894-1945, 1-40, 85-100, 122-74, 233-58.
    4. Andrew Nathan "Imperialism's Effect on China," and Joseph Esherick , "Harvard on China: The Apologetics of Imperialism,"Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars, 4,4, 1972, 2-16, and Elisabeth Lasek, "Imperialism in China: A Methodological Critique," 15,1, 1983, 50-64.
    5. Mark Peattie, "Japanese Attitudes Toward Colonialism," in Ramon Myers and Mark Peattie, eds., The Japanese Colonial Empire, 1895-1945, 80-128.

III The Making of the Postwar Order: American Hegemony and Regional Bipolarity

  1. The Postwar European World (6)
    1. Alan Milward,"History and Theory," and "The Post-War Nation-State" in The European Rescue of the Nation-State, 1-46.
  2. Joyce and Gabriel Kolko, "Introduction," "The Reconstruction of the World Economy," "American Diplomacy and Russia, 1945-46," in The Limits of Power. The World and United States Foreign Policy, 1945-1954, 1-58.
  3. Jonathan Story, "Europe in the global state and market system" in Jonathan Story, ed., The New Europe. Politics, Government and Economy Since 1945, 3-62.
  4. Bernard Chavance, The Transformation of Communist Systems. Economic Reform Since the 1950s, 1-100.
  5. Postwar Asia in the Era of U.S. Hegemony and Chinese Revolution: Governing the Market (7)

1. John Dower, "Peace and Democracy in Two Systems: External Policy and Internal Conflict," and Bruce Cumings, "Japan's Position in the World System," in Andrew Gordon, ed., Postwar Japan as History, 3-63.

2. Mark Selden, "Rethinking China's Socialist Economic Development," "Cooperation and Conflict: Cooperative and Collective Formation in China's Countryside," and "Original Accumulation, Equality and Late Industrialization: The Case of Socialist China and Capitalist Taiwan" in the Political Economy of Chinese Development, 3-38, 62-136.

3. Robert Wade, "Introduction," "States, Markets, and Industrial Policy," "The Rise of East Asia," "Conclusions," Governing the Market. Economic Theory and the Role of Government in East Asian Industrialization, 3-51, 297-344.

4. Chalmers Johnson, "Political Institutions and Economic Performance; the Goverment-Business Relationship in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan," in Frederic Deyo, ed., The Political Economy of the New Asian Industrialism, 136-64.

Regional Research Working Group Meeting (8)

IV Regional Realignments in Europe and Asia: Toward the Twenty-first Century

  1. Remaking Europe: Patterns of Regional Transformation (9)
    1. Wolfgang Reinicke, "Toward a new European Political Economy," and Paul Stares and John Steinbruner, "Cooperative Security in the New Europe," in Paul Stares, ed., the New Germany and the New Europe, 177-250.
    2. Bernard Chavance, The Transformation of Communist Systems. Economic Reform Since the 1950s, 119-212.
    3. David Stark, "Recombinant Property in East European Capitalism," Working Papers on Transitions from State Socialism, Mario Einaudi Center, Cornell, 1994. 37 pp.
    4. David Stark and Laszlo Bruszt, "Inter-Enterprise Ownership Networks in the Postsocialist Transformation," Mario Einaudi Center, Cornell, 1994. 53 pp.
    5. Bruce Cumings, ""The Wicked Witch of the West is Dead. Long Live the Wicked Witch of the East," in Michael Hogan, ed., The End of the Cold War. Its Meaning and Implications, 87-102.

B The Dynamics and Costs of Asia's Emergence as the Center of Global Accumulation (10)

  1. Giovanni Arrighi, "The Rise of East Asia. World-Systemic and Regional Aspects," FBC paper, 1995.
  2. Mark Selden, "China, Japan and the Regional Political Economy of East Asia, 1949-1995," FBC paper, 1995.
  3. Bruce Cumings, "Rimspeak; or, The Discourse of the 'Pacific Rim,'" and Donald Nonini, "On the Outs on the Rim: an Ethnographic Grounding of the 'Asia-Pacific'Imaginary," in Arif Dirlik, ed., What is in a Rim? Critical Perspectives on the Pacific Region Idea, 29-47, 161-82.
  4. Gavan McCormack, "Japan's Construction State: The Doken Kokka," in The Emptiness of Affluence: Japan Approaches the Millenium (forthcoming).
  5. Vaclav Smil, China's Environmental Crisis. An Inquiry into the Limits of National Development, 36-66, 188-203.

C Remaking Asia: Patterns of Regional Transformation I: China Focus (11)

  1. Nicholas Lardy, China in the World Economy, 1-72, 105-24.
  2. G. W. Skinner, Differential Development in Lingnan," in Thomas Lyons and Victor Nee, eds., The Economic Transformation of South China. Reform and Development in the Post-Mao Era, 17-54.
  3. Brantly Womack and Guangzhi Zhao, "The Many Worlds of China's Provinces: Foreign Trade and Diversification," in David Goodman and Gerald Segal, eds., China Deconstructs. Politics, Trade and Regionalism, 131-76.
  4. Jonathan Unger and Anita Chan, "Chinese Corporatism: A Developmental State in East Asian Context," in Barrett McCormick and Jonathan Unger, eds., China After Socialism. In the Foot Europe or East Asia? (forthcoming)
  5. Victor Nee, "The Emergence of a Market Society: Changing Mechanisms of Stratification in China," Working Papers on Transitions from State Socialism, Einaudi Center, Cornell University, #95.4 (forthcoming, American Journal of Sociology).

Regional Research Working Group Meeting (12)

D. Remaking Asia: Patterns of Regional Transformation II: East Asian Regional Focus (13)

  1. Robert Ash and Y.Y. Kueh, "Economic Integration Within Greater China: Trade and Investment Flows Between China, Hong Kong and Taiwan," China Quarterly 136, 1993, 711-45.
  2. Mitchell Bernard and John Ravenhill, "Beyond Product Cycles and Flying Geese. Regionalization, Hierarchy and the Industrialization of East Asia," World Politics 47, (January 1995), 171-209.
  3. Harry Harding, "International Order and Organization in the Asia-Pacific Region in Robert Ross, ed., East Asia in Transition. Toward a New Regional Order, 325-55.
  4. Marco Orru, Gary Hamilton, Mariko Suzuki, "Patterns of Inter-Firm Control in Japanese Business," Organization Studies 10/4, 1989, 549-74.
  5. T.G. McGee,"The Emergence of Desakota Regions in Asia: Expanding a Hypothesis," in Norton Ginsburg, Bruce Koppel and T.G. McGee eds., The Extended Metropolis. Settlement Transition in Asia, 3-26.

[Supplement: Lynne Guyton, "Japanese Investments and Technology Transfer to Malaysia," in John Borrego, Alejandro Alvarez Bejar and Jomo K.S., eds., Capital, the State, and Late Industrialization: Comparative Perspectives on the Pacific Rim (forthcoming).]