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

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Kang, Sungho and Ramón Grosfoguel, editors
Research Papers and Policy Studies 45
2010. 141 pp.
ISBN-13: 978-1-55729-097-7
ISBN-10: 1-55729-097-0

This edited volume compares the geopolitics and trajectories of South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Germany, and Puerto Rico in response to post-WWII U.S. foreign policy to understand how these showcases have developed within the modern capitalist World-System. It also focuses on the changing relations between the United States and these societies from the Cold War to the post-Cold War periods. Through this book you may better understand the past and present of these states and may also essay to forecast the future of the rapidly changing World-System. There is no work quite like this currently available in the field of Development Studies.


Contributors – vii

Foreword – ix
Clare You

Introduction – xi
Sungho Kang and Ramón Grosfoguel

  1. Beyond Divide and Rule? From the Washington to the Beijing Consensus – 1
    Thomas Ehrlich Reifer
  2. U.S. Policies and the Rise and Demise of Japan, Korea, and Taiwan: An Examination of the World-System during the Cold War and After – 53
    Satoshi Ikeda
  3. The United States and the Internal Development of Korea in the Post-WWII World-System – 78
    Sungho Kang
  4. Patronage, Partnership, Contested Solidarity: The United States and West Germany aft er World War II – 96
    Bernd Schaefer
  5. Puerto Rico: A Cold War Showcase in Rapid Decline – 106
    Ramón Grosfoguel


Ramón Grosfoguel, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Satoshi Ikeda, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University, Canada

Sungho Kang, Department of History, Sunchon National University, Korea, and Center for Korean Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Thomas E. Reifer, Department of Sociology, University of San Diego

Bernd Schaefer, German Historical Institute, and Cold War International History Project, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C.

Clare You, Chair, Center for Korean Studies, University of California, Berkeley