Geopolitics and Trajectories of Development: The Cases of Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Germany, and Puerto Rico

Geopolitics and Trajectories of Development: The Cases of Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Germany, and Puerto Rico

Geopolitics and Trajectories of Development: The Cases of Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Germany, and Puerto Rico

Geopolitics and Trajectories of Development: The Cases of Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Germany, and Puerto Rico

Synopsis

"This edited volume compares and contrasts the geopolitics and trajectories of South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Germany, and Puerto Rico in response to post-World War II U.S. foreign policy to show how these countries have developed within the modern capitalist World-System"--Provided by publisher.

Excerpt

This volume has a very humble origin. In the fall of 2006, Sungho Kang, Professor of History at Sunchon National University, Korea, and a visiting scholar at the Center for Korean Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, for the 2006–2007 academic year, hesitantly asked if the center would support a small seminar inviting Professor Ramón Grosfoguel, also of UC Berkeley, who had done much research on coloniality, international comparative development, and World-Systems, among many other areas. That small seminar led to the next step, the 2007 Korean Regional Seminar, titled “Modernity and Coloniality in the Post-WWII World-System: Germany, Japan, Korea, Puerto Rico, and Taiwan,” with invited scholars of different regional expertise in the same field of studies: Dr. Bernd Schaefer from the German Historical Institute, Professors Satoshi Ikeda from Concordia University of Montreal, Thomas E. Reifer from the University of San Diego, Ramón Grosfoguel, and Sungho Kang.

The essays collected here are revised versions of the papers originally presented at the regional seminar, which was held at the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, on April 26, 2007, supported by the Center for Korean Studies, the Institute of East Asian Studies, and the Shorenstein Foundation at UC Berkeley.

This volume of articles is meaningful in two respects. First, it focuses on quite different parts of the world to compare the common threads woven through the issues of modernity and coloniality in the post-World War II era. Second, the project was initiated and organized by a visiting scholar at the Institute of East Asian Studies and eventually culminated in a publication by the institute.

A half century has passed since the end of World War II, sufficient time to permit us to reexamine U.S. policies toward such former and present client states as Germany, Japan, Korea, Puerto Rico, and Taiwan. We may therefore focus anew on the changing relationships between each of these nations and the United States, as well as among the group, in the context of the present dichotomy between East Asian and U.S. spheres of influence. These issues can move beyond the theoretical debates and . . .

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