Essays - Essays 1. "One cannot but be struck by the great...

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Essays 1. "One cannot but be struck by the great differences among the various countries of East Asia in the speed and nature of their responses to the West in the past century. ... These variations in response must be attributed mainly to the differences in the traditional societies of the countries of East Asia. Only such differences can explain why a basically similar impact could have brought such varied initial results . .. why relatively small Japan, for example, soon became a world power, while China sunk to the status of an international problem." (Reischauer and Fairbank, East Asia: The Great Tradition , p. 670) "What was it that enabled Japan to take a course so radically different from that of all the other countries in the now underdeveloped world? The answer to this question . .. comes down to the fact that Japan is the only country in Asia (and in Africa and Latin America) that escaped being turned into a colony or dependency of Western European or American capitalism, that had a chance of independent national development." (Baran , The Political Economy of Growth , p. 158) As the above quotations indicate, there is great disagreement among those who have attempted to explain the differing patterns of modernization that distinguish China and Japan. Compare and contrast at least three of the sources used in this course (different readings, different videos, etc.) regarding this problem.
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Essays - Essays 1. "One cannot but be struck by the great...

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