Japan: Beyond the End of History

Japan: Beyond the End of History

by David Williams
     
 

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In Japan: Beyond the End of History, David Williams examines Japan's significance, both in fact and in theory, for the Western traditions of political philosophy and practice--from Adam Smith and Hegel to the French deconstructionists and today's ``end of history'' theorists. He covers issues ranging from the industrial policy of the founders of theSee more details below

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In Japan: Beyond the End of History, David Williams examines Japan's significance, both in fact and in theory, for the Western traditions of political philosophy and practice--from Adam Smith and Hegel to the French deconstructionists and today's ``end of history'' theorists. He covers issues ranging from the industrial policy of the founders of the Meiji state to George Bush's ill-fated ``Tokyo primary'' and the birth of the Clinton presidency. The book examines Francis Fukuyama's famous argument that with the collapse of Soviet communism, the only viable system on humanity's horizon is liberal democratic capitalism in the Anglo-American mold. This suggests that East Asian mercantilism, state-led and often authoritarian, is doomed. Williams considers an alternative theory: that Japanese-style nationalist development offers a far greater challenge to Western theory and values than the fallen systems of Eastern Europe ever represented.

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ISBN-13:
9780203033289
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis, Inc.
Publication date:
12/16/1993
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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