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Averting a great divergence, state and economy in Japan, 1868-1937, Peer Vries

"The most significant debate in global economic history over the past twenty years has dealt with the Great Divergence, the economic gap between different parts of the world. Thus far, this debate has focused on China, India and north-western Europe, particularly Great Britain. This book shifts the focus to ask how Japan became the only non-western county that managed, at least partially, to modernize its economy and start to industrialize in the 19th century. Using a range of empirical data, Peer Vries analyses the role of the state in Japan's economic growth from the Meiji Restoration to World War II, and asks whether Japan's economic success can be attributed to the rise of state power. Asserting that the state's involvement was fundamental in Japan's economic 'catching up', he demonstrates how this was built on legacies from the previous Tokugawa period. In this book, Vries deepens our understanding of the Great Divergence in global history by re-examining how Japan developed and modernized against the odds."--Bloomsbury Publishing
Table of contents
Introduction -- 1. Continuities and Changes -- 2. A Sovereign and Modern State -- 3. A Powerful State: Politics, Ideology, the Military and the Bureaucracy -- 4. A Powerful State: The economy -- 5. A Capitalist State, Friendly to Employers But Much Less So to Workers -- 6. A Developmental State -- 7. A State Promoting Knowledge Transfer and Education -- 8. Some Comments on What (Supposedly?) Went Wrong -- 9. A brief summary -- Appendices -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Literary form
non fiction
First edition.
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1 online resource (310 pages), illustrations
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