History Department
History Department

Mark Metzler


ProfessorPh.D., 1998, University of California, Berkeley

Professor of History and Asian Studies
Mark Metzler

Contact

  • Phone: 512-475-7262
  • Office: GAR 3.404
  • Office Hours: On Leave- Spring 2016
  • Campus Mail Code: B7000

Biography


Research interests

Modern Japanese History; Global History; Historical Political Economy.

My newest book, Tokyo • London • New York: Global Cities, Central Banks, and Gold, co-authored with Simon Bytheway, will come out with Cornell University Press in 2016. This book examines the origins of modern central-bank cooperation during the first age of central-bank hegemony, which ended with the Great Depression of the 1930s. This practice began, as we explore for the first time, with the Bank of England’s secretive use of large Bank of Japan funds on deposit in London at the beginning of the 20th century. During World War I, central-bank cooperation became multilateral, leading after 1919 to the first globally coordinated program of monetary policy. This program was essentially deflationary, and it served to preserve and enhance the value of the enormous structure of private bank credits that had been created during the war. The liberal rhetoric of free monetary flows was combined with actual practices that were collusive and bullionist, as revealed in the rush for gold that brought the immense credit/debt superstructure crashing down in the 1930s.

This book continues the investigation begun in my earlier book, Lever of Empire: The International Gold Standard and the Crisis of Liberalism in Prewar Japan (University of California Press, 2006). Lever of Empire examines the financial side of Japanese empire building in the early 20th century and focuses particularly on the deliberate inducing of a series of economic depressions in the name of monetary and social stabilization. These "stabilization crises" culminated in the depression of 1929-1931; the fascist reactions that followed destroyed the prewar liberal system. Policies pioneered then, in Japan and around the world, are still with us today under the names of austerity and "structural adjustment."

I carry this investigation of Japan's conjunctural history into the second half of the 20th century in another book published with Cornell University Press in 2013, Capital as Will and Imagination: Schumpeter's Guide to the Postwar Japanese Miracle. This book investigates the nature of capital creation as a general problem in the history of capitalism, taking Japan's experience after World War II as a case study.  Asian-style high-speed growth, as pioneered in Japan in the 1950s, represents capitalist industrial development in its most intensified form. To understand this process, I turn to a neglected side of Joseph Schumpeter's theory of economic development: the nexus between money creation by banks, investment, and inflation. The shadow of credit is debt, and the worldwide debt bubbles of recent times reveal the limits of the 20th-century growth model. This is a global story rather than one that is specific to Japan.

These studies form parts of a larger research program aimed at grasping the history of Japan in the long duration of centuries and in its wider East Asian and global contexts. As the next stage in this work, I'm now completing a global history of the late 19th century while continuing new research into Japan since the great bubble of 1989 in deep historical and ecological context.

Education

PhD in History (East Asia/Japan), University of California, Berkeley; MA in Comparative Social History, University of California, Santa Cruz; BA in International Relations, Stanford University. Additional coursework at Osaka City University, Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies, Yokohama, Beijing Language Institute, and the Freie Universitaet Berlin.

Courses taught

History of globalization, Japanese history (early modern through postwar), the political economy of Japan, capitalism and global history, empire and globalization in East Asia.

Affiliations

Kyoto University, Institute for Research in the Humanities, 2010–12. University of Tokyo, Institute of Social Science, 2003-04.


Courses


HIS 342C • Postwar Japan

39260 • Fall 2016
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM UTC 3.110

This course begins by examining the transition from war, defeat, and military occupation to the economic miracle of the 1960s.  Japan’s high-speed industrial growth established the model for a new kind of accelerated development that has since unfolded across Asia.  These political and economic transformations were also social and personal, encompassing the remaking of family structures and ideologies.  The greatest lessons may lie in the aftermath of high-speed growth, in the transformations that accompanied the deflation of the economic bubble after 1990.  The semester concludes with a consideration of present trajectories and possible futures.

 

 

Texts:

1. Andrew GORDON, A Modern History of Japan, third edition (Oxford University Press, 2013).

2. John W. DOWER, Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Aftermath of World War II (W.W. Norton/New Press, 1999).

3. R. Taggart MURPHY, The Weight of the Yen (W. W. Norton, 1997).

4. Handouts, online, and electronic reserve readings as specified over the course of the semester

 

 

Grading:

• two midterm exams (worth 20% each)

• two essays on class readings (15% each) 

• final exam including take-home essays (25%)

• active class participation (5%)

 

HIS 350L • World In The Late 19th Cen

39330 • Fall 2016
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM GAR 0.132

A window in time.  This upper-division seminar takes on the challenge of comprehending whole-world history by looking closely at the crisis-filled period from the 1870s to the 1890s.  This era has been identified as the first age of modern globalization; it was also an originating time for modern types of racism and imperialism.  There was a revolution in transportation, as railroads and telegraph lines spanned continents while steamship lines and submarine cables crossed oceans and seas.  There was a revolution in global finance as the entire world became tied together into a single system of credit and debt.  The period began with the greatest synchronized economic boom yet seen in world history, which was followed immediately by a great crash that initiated a “Great Depression,” as it was called.  This was also the age of the explosion of the new imperialism, with the European invasions of Africa and Asia.  This happened simultaneously with the explosive development of working-class parties and the advent of mass strikes and social-cultural battles.  There was an extraordinary revolution in technology, with the dawning of the electrical age, and the development of the modern corporation.  There were also revolutions in consciousness—new conceptions of consciousness itself and visions of new social arrangements, expressed in an outpouring of writings on utopias and science-based fantasies, social revolution and gender equality, spirit realms and extra dimensions.

This writing-intensive course follows a seminar format.  Seminar members will write a series of short papers and a research based semester paper.  Active discussion work is required.

Texts:

As a textbook, we will use Eric Hobsbawm, The Age of Empire, 1875–1914 (Vintage, 1989).  Other readings, available online or as electronic reserve readings, will consist of primary documents and voices of the time, ranging from the statements of revolutionary activists to those of early science-fiction writers.  We will supplement these with selections from present-day historians.  A large part of your reading will be self-selected (in consultation with the instructor), as part of your own research program.

Grading:

Class meetings follow a seminar format in which class members will be asked to comment in detail on the assigned readings.  There will be a graduate-school level expectation that each seminar member will come to class with a set of prepared notes and questions on the readings to use as a basis of discussion.  (The difference is that there won’t be a grad-school level reading and writing load!)

      The class meets only once weekly, and attendance is required. 

1.   In-class participation,including in-class writing, quizzes, and discussion, worth 20% of the total course grade.  Participation in class discussion is evaluated on both quantity and quality (quality means serious, detailed engagement with the texts). 

2.   Weekly papers.  Four papers of 1.5 to 2 pages (altogether, 25% of course grade).

3.   Presentations.  One short presentation on supplemental reading, worth 5%, and two short presentations on your own research project, 5% each.

4.   Research project.  A focused exploration of a topic, country, or region of your choice, based in substantial part on writings from the time.  The project is divided into graded components: research proposal, partial first draft, and final draft (10 pages in length), worth 40% of your grade in total.

Plus/Minus grading will be used in this course. 

 

HIS 341K • Origins Of Modern Japan

38505 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM GAR 1.126
(also listed as ANS 341K)

FLAGS:   Wr  |  GC

Description

Same as Asian Studies 341K. This course examines Japan’s early modern age, from the end of the warring-states period in the 1500s to the stirrings of the industrial revolution in the mid 1800s.  The main focus is on the period of government by the Tokugawa shoguns (1600–1867), the final era of samurai rule.  Topics include social and economic change, national isolation and national opening, the Meiji revolution, and the origins of modern nationalism, imperialism, and democracy.   We pay special attention to the subjective experiences of Japanese men and women who lived and created Japan’s distinctive path to modernity.

Texts:

Conrad Totman, Early Modern Japan, University of California Press, 1993.

Katsu Kokichi, Musui’s Story: The Autobiography of a Tokugawa Samurai, trans. Teruko Craig, University of Arizona Press, 1991.

Yamakawa Kikue, Women of the Mito Domain, trans. Kate Wildman Nakai, Stanford University Press, 2001.

And other readings TBA

Grading:

•   two midterm exams (worth 20% each)

•   two essays on class readings (15% each)

•   final exam (20%)

•   active class participation (10%). Attendance is required.

 

HIS 350L • Capitalism And Global History

38530 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM GAR 0.120

This upper-division seminar explores attempts by historians and social scientists, both classic and recent, to conceptualize global history and the history of capitalism.  One premise of this course is that contemporary forms of globalization represent the latest phase in a thousand-year process, traceable to the twelfth century and earlier.  Topics include the emergence and nature of capitalism; the economic divergence between Europe and Asia; the transatlantic slave trade; the Industrial Revolution; economic development and underdevelopment; imperialism, global crises and depressions; the rise of Fordism, and the shift from Fordism to neo-liberal globalization. 

This course follows a seminar format, with some short lectures mixed in. Class participants will write a series of short papers and substantial essays. Active discussion work and several class presentations are required.

Hours: M 3:00–6:00, in GAR 0.120.  Attendance is mandatory. 

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

Substantial writing component.

 

Topics and texts.  Among the topics and texts to be discussed in one or more weeks are:

•     Energy and history.  Texts include Bruce Podobnik, Global Energy Shifts [paperback] EAN: 978-1-59213-294-2

•     Industrial revolutions.  Texts include selections from Freeman and Louça, As Time Goes By and Kenneth Pomeranz, The Great Divergence.

•     Interaction of climate and history. Readings include selections from Mike Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts.

•     Labor and coercion.  Texts include selections from Joseph Inikori, Africans and the Industrial Revolution in England.

•     Resources and social-ecological history; material and energy flows; the “earth system” and the “world system.” 

•     The postwar “golden age” and transformations of world capitalism since the 1970s.  Texts include David Harvey, The Condition of Postmodernity.

 

HIS 350L • Capitalism And Global History

38625 • Spring 2015
Meets M 3:00PM-6:00PM GAR 0.120

This upper-division seminar explores attempts by historians and social scientists, both classic and recent, to conceptualize global history and the history of capitalism.  One premise of this course is that contemporary forms of globalization represent the latest phase in a thousand-year process, traceable to the twelfth century and earlier.  Topics include the emergence and nature of capitalism; the economic divergence between Europe and Asia; the transatlantic slave trade; the Industrial Revolution; economic development and underdevelopment; imperialism, global crises and depressions; the rise of Fordism, and the shift from Fordism to neo-liberal globalization.  This seminar will take special advantage of the 2014–15 “Capital and Commodities” program at UT’s Institute for Historical Studies, which runs concurrently.

This course follows a seminar format, with some short lectures mixed in. Class participants will write a series of short papers and substantial essays. Active discussion work and several class presentations are required.

Attendance is mandatory. 

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

Substantial writing component.

 

Topics and texts.  Among the topics and texts to be discussed in one or more weeks are:

•     Energy and history.  Texts include Bruce Podobnik, Global Energy Shifts [paperback] EAN: 978-1-59213-294-2

•     Capitalism and civilization.  Texts include selections from Fernand Braudel, The Perspective of the World, Civilization & Capitalism, 15th-18th Century, Vol. 3 (Univ. of California Press, 1992; ISBN: 978-0520081161 [Paperback]) and from Braudel, The Structures of Everyday Life, Civilization & Capitalism, 15th-18th Century, Vol. 1.

•     Industrial revolutions.  Texts include selections from Freeman and Louça, As Time Goes By and Kenneth Pomeranz, The Great Divergence.

•     Eurasian world systems.  Texts: Janet Abu-Lughod, Before European Hegemony and selections from Victor Lieberman, Strange Parallels.

•     Interaction of climate and history. Readings include selections from Mike Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts.

•     Labor and coercion.  Texts include selections from Joseph Inikori, Africans and the Industrial Revolution in England.

•     Resources and social-ecological history; material and energy flows; the “earth system” and the “world system.” 

•     The postwar “golden age” and transformations of world capitalism since the 1970s.  Texts include David Harvey, The Condition of Postmodernity.

HIS 342C • Postwar Japan

39555 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM UTC 3.112

This course begins by examining the transition from war, defeat, and military occupation to the economic miracle of the 1960s.  Japan’s high-speed industrial growth established the model for a new kind of accelerated development that has since unfolded across Asia.  These political and economic transformations were also social and personal, encompassing the remaking of family structures and ideologies.  The greatest lessons may lie in the aftermath of high-speed growth, in the transformations that accompanied the deflation of the economic bubble after 1990.  The semester concludes with a consideration of present trajectories and possible futures.

 

 

Texts:

1. Andrew GORDON, A Modern History of Japan, third edition (Oxford University Press, 2013).

2. John W. DOWER, Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Aftermath of World War II (W.W. Norton/New Press, 1999).

3. R. Taggart MURPHY, The Weight of the Yen (W. W. Norton, 1997).

4. Handouts, online, and electronic reserve readings as specified over the course of the semester

 

 

Grading:

• two midterm exams (worth 20% each)

• two essays on class readings (15% each) 

• final exam including take-home essays (25%)

• active class participation (5%)

 

HIS 350L • East/West: Spirit/Intel Encoun

39600 • Fall 2014
Meets TH 11:00AM-2:00PM GAR 1.122
(also listed as ANS 372)

This upper-division seminar provides a forum for exploring some spiritual and intellectual encounters of “East” and “West,” with a focus on ideas of mind, spirit, and consciousness. “East” and “West” are relative and relational terms, directions rather than places. They are relative, mutual, and shape-shifting. As metaphors they are generative and multivalent; when one starts to look, one finds many Easts and Wests at play, as various as the “Oriental philosophy” of Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Xuanzang’s “journey to the West” to discover the Heart Sutra, and the Zen journeys of the West Coast beatniks. In this exploration of comparisons and connections, we will encounter a full house of canonical figures including Zhuangzi, Zhu Xi, Avicenna, Ibn ‘Arabi, Hume, Swedenborg, Blake, Nietzsche, Tagore, and Jung, along with some brilliant but less well known thinkers. We will spend much of our time in the open spaces between civilizational control systems. Many of the texts are dense and difficult, reflections of deep and often distant traditions. They need to be read slowly and with care. They also repay sincere inquiry with new vistas and unexpected bounties.

Texts:

Readings include Joanna Macy, Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory; Jonathan Spence, The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci; and many online readings TBA.

Grading:

1. Participation in class discussion:  one overall grade, worth 20% of the course grade.

2. Eight papers of 1.5 pages each on weekly readings (altogether, 40% of the course grade).

3. Midterm essay (20% of course grade).

4. Final essay (partial revision of midterm essay; 20%).

HIS 341K • Origins Of Modern Japan

39835 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM UTC 4.112
(also listed as ANS 341K)

Same as Asian Studies 341K. This course examines Japan’s early modern age, from the end of the warring-states period in the 1500s to the stirrings of the industrial revolution in the mid 1800s.  The main focus is on the period of government by the Tokugawa shoguns (1600–1867), the final era of samurai rule.  Topics include social and economic change, national isolation and national opening, the Meiji revolution, and the origins of modern nationalism, imperialism, and democracy.   We pay special attention to the subjective experiences of Japanese men and women who lived and created Japan’s distinctive path to modernity.

Global Cultures flag.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

Texts:

Conrad Totman, Early Modern Japan, University of California Press, 1993.

Katsu Kokichi, Musui’s Story: The Autobiography of a Tokugawa Samurai, trans. Teruko Craig, University of Arizona Press, 1991.

Yamakawa Kikue, Women of the Mito Domain, trans. Kate Wildman Nakai, Stanford University Press, 2001.

And other readings TBA.

 Course requirements:•   two midterm exams (worth 20% each)

•   two essays on class readings (15% each)

•   final exam (20%)

•   active class participation (10%). Attendance is required.

HIS 381 • Capitalism & Global History

40185 • Spring 2014
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM GAR 1.122

How can we represent social change in ways that recenter nation-bound narratives and transcend the limitations of parochial historiographies?  How can we connect our research to the concerns of other scholarly disciplines and address multicultural international publics?  This seminar provides a forum for approaching these challenges.  It explores attempts by historians and social scientists, both classic and very recent, to conceptualize global history and the history of capitalism.  It likewise explores their persistent difficulties, such as Eurocentrism, narcissistic teleologies, and premature totalization of partial conclusions.  The goal is to give seminar members a place to apply transnational and global approaches to their own research agendas.The moment is opportune for historians.  As a field of research, transnational history, grounded in specific regional and thematic expertise, is the growth edge of the discipline.  University faculties increasingly seek fellow scholars who can offer credible research and teaching approaches to global history and global studies.A premise of this course is that contemporary forms of globalization represent the latest phase in a far longer process, which can be traced to the twelfth century and earlier.  Among the debates we will engage are those over the emergence and nature of capitalism, the economic divergence between Europe and Asia, the transatlantic slave trade, the Industrial Revolution, consumer society and family structure, economic development and underdevelopment, imperialism, global crises and depressions, the rise of Fordism, and the shift from Fordism to neo-liberal globalization.  This seminar will serve also as a workshop for ideas related to the 2014–15 program of UT’s Institute for Historical Studies, on “Capital and Commodities”:http://www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/historicalstudies/theme/overview.php

Readings will include:

• Giovanni Arrighi, The Long Twentieth Century

• Fernand Braudel, Capitalism and Civilization (selections)

• Robert Brenner, The Economics of Global Turbulence

• Kenneth Pomeranz, The Great Divergence

• Jan de Vries, The Industrious Revolution

• Eric Williams, Capitalism and Slavery

In addition to works of postwar historiography, we will also investigate classic writings on capitalism by Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Max Weber, and others.

We invite interested participants to email us before the start of the semester to introduce your specific research interests:mmetzler@utexas.edu<mailto:mmetzler@utexas.edu> and jmvaughn@austin.utexas.edu<mailto:jmvaughn@austin.utexas.edu>

HIS 342C • Postwar Japan

39775 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM UTC 4.110
(also listed as ANS 341N)

This course begins by examining the transition from war, defeat, and military occupation to the economic miracle of the 1960s.  Japan’s high-speed industrial growth established the model for a new kind of accelerated development that has since unfolded across Asia.  These political and economic transformations were also social and personal, encompassing the remaking of family structures and ideologies.  The greatest lessons may lie in the aftermath of high-speed growth, in the transformations that accompanied the deflation of the economic bubble after 1990.  The semester concludes with a consideration of present trajectories and possible futures.

 Texts:

1. Andrew GORDON, A Modern History of Japan, third edition (Oxford University Press, 2013).

2. John W. DOWER, Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Aftermath of World War II (W.W. Norton/New Press, 1999).

3. R. Taggart MURPHY, The Weight of the Yen (W. W. Norton, 1997).

4. OCHIAI Emiko, The Japanese Family System in Transition (Tokyo: LTCB International Library Foundation, 1996).

5. Simon PARTNER, Toshié: A Story of Village Life in Twentieth-Century Japan (University of California Press, 2004).

6. Handouts, online, and electronic reserve readings as specified over the course of the semester

 Grading:

• two midterm exams (worth 20% each)

• two essays on class readings (15% each)

• final exam including take-home essays (25%)

• active class participation (5%)

HIS 350L • East/West: Spirit/Intel Encoun

39810 • Fall 2013
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM GAR 0.120
(also listed as ANS 372)

This upper-division seminar provides a forum for exploring some spiritual and intellectual encounters of “East” and “West,” with a focus on ideas of mind, spirit, and consciousness. “East” and “West” are relative and relational terms, directions rather than places. They are relative, mutual, and shape-shifting. As metaphors they are generative and multivalent; when one starts to look, one finds many Easts and Wests at play, as various as the “Oriental philosophy” of Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Xuanzang’s “journey to the West” to discover the Heart Sutra, and the Zen journeys of the West Coast beatniks. In this exploration of comparisons and connections, we will encounter a full house of canonical figures including Zhuangzi, Zhu Xi, Avicenna, Ibn ‘Arabi, Hume, Swedenborg, Blake, Nietzsche, Tagore, and Jung, along with some brilliant but less well known thinkers. We will spend much of our time in the open spaces between civilizational control systems. Many of the texts are dense and difficult, reflections of deep and often distant traditions. They need to be read slowly and with care. They also repay sincere inquiry with new vistas and unexpected bounties.

 

Texts:

Readings include Joanna Macy, Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory; Jonathan Spence, The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci; and many online readings TBA.

Grading:

1. Participation in class discussion:  one overall grade, worth 20% of the course grade.

2. Eight papers of 1.5 pages each on weekly readings (altogether, 40% of the course grade).

3. Midterm essay (20% of course grade).

4. Final essay (partial revision of midterm essay; 20%).

HIS 306N • Modern World

39271 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM CLA 0.128

Themes in the history of the planet over the past half millennium. We will concentrate on the movements of people and ideas, technology, economy, and institutions that have made possible our interconnected world.  We devote substantial time to the concepts and methodologies of global history as well as to the content of empirical historical developments. 

 

Grading

Two midterm exams: 20% each

Final Exam: 25%

Essay: 15%

Quizzes and Participation: 20%

 

Texts

Robert Tignor, and others, Worlds Together, Worlds Apart (W.W. Norton). [Feel free to use any edition that includes Chapters 10–21 (years 1000 to 2000).]

 

And other texts TBA.

HIS 381 • History Of Globalization

39775 • Spring 2013
Meets W 12:00PM-3:00PM GAR 0.120

How can we represent social change in ways that recenter nation-bound narratives and transcend the limitations of parochial historiographies?  How can we connect the results of our research to the concerns of other scholarly disciplines and address multicultural international publics?  This seminar provides a forum for approaching these challenges.  It explores attempts, both classic and very recent, to conceptualize global history and the processes now known as globalization.  It likewise explores their persistent difficulties, such as Eurocentrism, narcissistic teleologies, and premature totalization of partial conclusions.  The goal is to give seminar members a place to apply transnational and global approaches to their own research agendas.  We also consider the work of several UT historians on the subject.

The moment is opportune for historians.  As a field of research, transnational history, grounded in specific regional and thematic expertise, is the growth edge of the discipline.  University faculties increasingly seek fellow scholars who can offer credible research and teaching approaches to global history and global studies.

This seminar mixes studies of method, context, and case studies, adapted to mesh with participants’ interests.  I invite interested participants to email me before the start of the semester at mmetzler@mail.utexas.edu, to introduce your specific research interests.

May be taken as either a reading or a research seminar.

Topics and texts.  Among the topics and texts to be discussed in one or more weeks are:

• Spaces of flows; technological revolutions; approaches to global history.  Texts: selections from Manuel Castells’ Information Age trilogy + TBA.

• Pretensions of global governance; the crises of the 1980s and 1990s in Latin America, Africa, and Eurasia in historical context.  Texts: Joseph Stiglitz, Globalization and Its Discontents + TBA

• Globalization boom in the late 19th-century? Globalization holocaust? Texts: Mike Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts + TBA.

• Early modern globalization: a Eurocentric process?  Texts: Janet Abu-Lughod, Before European Hegemony, Kenneth Pomeranz, + TBA

• Cultural globalization, hegemony, postmodernity, countercultures, anti-globalization. 

• Classic theories; structure and conjuncture. 

• Global resource and ecological questions; the “earth system” and the “world system.”

Plus other topics and readings, variable according to student interest.

HIS 341K • Origins Of Modern Japan

39320 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM UTC 3.102
(also listed as ANS 341K)

Same as Asian Studies 341K. This course examines Japan’s early modern age, from the end of the warring-states period in the 1500s to the stirrings of the industrial revolution in the mid 1800s.  The main focus is on the period of government by the Tokugawa shoguns (1600–1867), the final era of samurai rule.  Topics include social and economic change, national isolation and national opening, the Meiji revolution, and the origins of modern nationalism, imperialism, and democracy.   We pay special attention to the subjective experiences of Japanese women and men who lived and created Japan’s distinctive path to modernity.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

Texts:

Conrad TOTMAN, Early Modern Japan, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993.

KATSU Kokichi, Musui’s Story: The Autobiography of a Tokugawa Samurai, trans. Teruko CRAIG, Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1991.

YAMAKAWA Kikue, Women of the Mito Domain, trans. Kate Wildman NAKAI (Stanford University Press, 2001).And others TBA.

Course requirements:

•    two midterm exams (worth 22.5% each)

•    two essays on class readings (15% each)

•    final essay (20%)

•    active class participation (5%)

HIS 350L • History Of Globalization

39360 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM GAR 0.120

This upper-division seminar samples some influential ideas of global history considered in the context of contemporary globalization. We will consider what is new about contemporary globalization and what isn’t by examining the 19th-century origins of contemporary globalization and considering its antecedents in Renaissance and Early-Modern times.Globalization is defined here in an inclusive sense that highlights global circuits of people, information, products, culture, and capital.This course follows a mixed seminar and lecture format.  Active discussion work is required.Prerequisites: Upper-division standing.

Required readings:

Available at University Coop.

1. Janet Abu-Lughod, Before European Hegemony: The World System, A.D. 1250–1350(Oxford University Press, 1991). ISBN: 0195067746

2. Mike Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World(Verso, 2001). ISBN: 1859843824

3. Donella H. Meadows, Thinking in Systems: A Primer, ed. Diana Wright (Chelsea Green, 2008). ISBN: 1603580557

4. Manfred Steger, Globalization: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, [newest edition]). ISBN: 0199552266

5. Joseph Stiglitz, Globalization and Its Discontents (Norton, 2003). ISBN: 0393324397

6. Handouts and online readings as specified over the course of the semester.

Course requirements and grading:

1. Participation in class discussion:  one overall grade, worth 20% of the course grade.

2. 9 papers of 1 to 1.5 pages each on weekly readings (altogether, 40% of the course grade).

3. Midterm essay (10% of course grade).

4. Final essay (partial revision of midterm essay; 20%).

5. Final examination (10%).

HIS 342C • Postwar Japan

39560 • Spring 2010
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM UTC 4.110

This course begins by examining the transition from war, defeat, and military occupation to the economic miracle of the 1960s.  Japan’s high-speed industrial growth established the model for a new kind of accelerated development that has since unfolded across Asia.  These political and economic transformations were also social and personal, encompassing the remaking of family structures and ideologies.  The greatest lessons may lie in the aftermath of high-speed growth, in the transformations that accompanied the deflation of the economic bubble after 1990.  The semester concludes with a consideration of present trajectories and possible futures.

 

 

Texts:

1. Andrew GORDON, A Modern History of Japan, third edition (Oxford University Press, 2013).

2. John W. DOWER, Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Aftermath of World War II (W.W. Norton/New Press, 1999).

3. R. Taggart MURPHY, The Weight of the Yen (W. W. Norton, 1997).

4. Handouts, online, and electronic reserve readings as specified over the course of the semester

 

 

Grading:

• two midterm exams (worth 20% each)

• two essays on class readings (15% each) 

• final exam including take-home essays (25%)

• active class participation (5%)

 

HIS 350L • History Of Globalization-W

39630 • Spring 2010
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM CAL 21

Mark Metzler
Department of History
University of Texas at Austin
Office hrs.: M 1:00–2:30 & by appointment 

 

HST 350L
Seminar in the History of Globalization

 

 This upper-division seminar samples some influential ideas of global history considered in the context of contemporary globalization. We will consider what was new about the globalization of the 1990s and what wasn’t, also examining the late-19th-century origins of contemporary globalization and considering its renaissance and early-modern antecedents.

Globalization is defined here in an inclusive sense that highlights global circuits of people, information, products, culture, and capital.

This course follows a seminar rather than a lecture format.  Active discussion work is required.

Substantial writing component.

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing.

Hours: W 3:00–6:00, in CAL 21.  Attendance is mandatory.  

 

Required readings:
Available at University Coop.  Additional copies of some books will be placed on reserve at the
PCL.

1. Janet Abu-Lughod, Before European Hegemony: The World System, A.D. 1250–1350
(Oxford University Press, 1991). ISBN: 0195067746

2. Manuel Castells, The Rise of the Network Society (The Information Age: Economy, Society
and Culture, Vol. 1
), second edition (Blackwell, 2000). ISBN: 0631221409

3. Mike Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World
(Verso, 2001). ISBN: 1859843824

4. Donella H. Meadows, Thinking in Systems: A Primer, ed. Diana Wright (Chelsea Green,
2008). ISBN: 1603580557

5. Manfred Steger, Globalization: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2003).
ISBN: 0199552266

6. Joseph Stiglitz, Globalization and Its Discontents (Norton, 2003). ISBN: 0393324397

7. Handouts and online or electronic reserve readings as specified over the course of the
semester (some listed below, some to be announced).

 

Course Schedule (subject to revision)

 

I. (1/20) Introduction

II. (1/27) Some approaches to globalization
        1. Steger, Globalization: A Very Short Introduction (entire)
        2. Meadows, Thinking in Systems, pp. 1–72 

III. (2/3) Pre-European globalization (1)
        1. Abu-Lughod, Before European Hegemony, pp. 1–55; 102–184 

IV. (2/10) Pre-European globalization (2)
        1. Abu-Lughod, pp. 185–290; 316–373

V. (2/17) Structure and conjuncture
      1. (E-Res) Fernand Braudel, The Perspective of the World (Civilization & Capitalism, 15th-
          18th Century, Vol. 3; New York: Harper & Row, 1984 [orig. 1979]), Foreword and “The
          World-Economy and Divisions of Time,” pp. 17–20, 71–88.
      2. (E-Res or JSTOR) N. D. Kondratieff, “The Long Waves in Economic Life,” Review of
          Economic Statistics
, 17:6 (Nov. 1935), pp. 105–115.  (Abbreviated translation of “Die
          langen Wellen der Konjunktur,” Archiv für Sozialwissenschaft und Sozialpolitik, 1926.)
      3. Meadows, Thinking in Systems, pp. 75–110, Appendix (pp. 187–203) 

VI. (2/24) Paradigm shifts
       1. (E-Res) Thomas S. Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, second edition (Univ.
          of Chicago Press, 1970), selections
       2. (E-Res) Chris Freeman and Francisco Louçã, “Introduction: Technical Change and Long
           Waves in Economic Development” and ch. 9, “Age of ICT,” in As Time Goes By: From
           the Industrial Revolutions to the Information Revolution
(Oxford University Press, 2001),
           pp. 139–151, 301–335

VII. (3/3) The machine revolution
        1. (E-Res) Karl Marx, “Machinery and Modern Industry,” Ch. 15, Sections 1 and 3–5 of
            Capital
, Vol. 1 (pp. 371–386, 394–437 of the International Publishers edition)
        2. TBA

VIII. (3/10) The information age
        1. Castells, Rise of Network Society: Prologue and Ch. 1 (pp. 1–76); ch. 5 (pp. 358–372
            only); Ch. 6 and Conclusion (pp. 407–459, 500–509)

 First essay due; question TBA

[Spring break]

IX. (3/24) World industrialization: early statements
        1. Friedrich List, The National System of Political Economy (1844).  Available at
            http://www.econlib.org/library/YPDBooks/List/lstNPE.html
           also downloadable at
 http://books.google.com/books?id=4uuc7tdk0Z8C&printsec=frontcover&dq=friedrich+list,+national+system
        • Translator’s Preface; Memoir of the Author; Extracts from the Author’s Preface (31pp.)
        • Ch. 9, “The North Americans” and Ch. 10, “The Teachings of History” (20 pp.)
        • Ch. 11–13, pp. 97–131 

X. (3/31) Globalization and crisis in the 1990s (1)
        1. Stiglitz, Globalization and Its Discontents, Preface and pp. 3–132

XI. (4/7) Globalization and crisis in the 1990s (2)
        1. Stiglitz, Globalization and Its Discontents, pp. 133–165, 195–252

XII. (4/14) Late nineteenth-century globalization (1)
        1. Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts, through ch. 3 (to pg. 115)
            [chapters 4–6: read as you have the time]

XIII. (4/21) Late nineteenth-century globalization (2)
         1. Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts, chs. 7–9, pp. 211–310

XIV. (4/28) Time and place
         1. TBA

XV. (5/5) Trajectories
       1. TBA

   Second essay due (question TBA)

Final exam:  TBA.

Course requirements and grading:

1. Participation in class discussion:  one overall grade, worth 20% of the course grade.
2. 9 papers of 1 to 1.5 pages each on weekly readings
(altogether, 40% of the course grade).
3. Midterm essay
(10% of course grade).
4. Final essay
(partial revision of midterm essay; 20%).
    All papers should be double-spaced, using a 12-pt. Times font. 
5. Final examination
(10%).

HIS 342C • Postwar Japan

39035 • Spring 2009
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM UTC 4.110

This course begins by examining the transition from war, defeat, and military occupation to the economic miracle of the 1960s.  Japan’s high-speed industrial growth established the model for a new kind of accelerated development that has since unfolded across Asia.  These political and economic transformations were also social and personal, encompassing the remaking of family structures and ideologies.  The greatest lessons may lie in the aftermath of high-speed growth, in the transformations that accompanied the deflation of the economic bubble after 1990.  The semester concludes with a consideration of present trajectories and possible futures.

 

 

Texts:

1. Andrew GORDON, A Modern History of Japan, third edition (Oxford University Press, 2013).

2. John W. DOWER, Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Aftermath of World War II (W.W. Norton/New Press, 1999).

3. R. Taggart MURPHY, The Weight of the Yen (W. W. Norton, 1997).

4. Handouts, online, and electronic reserve readings as specified over the course of the semester

 

 

Grading:

• two midterm exams (worth 20% each)

• two essays on class readings (15% each) 

• final exam including take-home essays (25%)

• active class participation (5%)

 

HIS 350L • History Of Globalization-W

39120 • Spring 2009
Meets M 3:00PM-6:00PM CAL 21

Lectures, discussion, reading, and research on selected topics in the field of history.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Designed for History majors. 

History 350L and 350R may not both be counted unless the topics vary.

Course carries Writing flag. 

HIS 342C • Postwar Japan

40055 • Spring 2008
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM UTC 4.110

This course begins by examining the transition from war, defeat, and military occupation to the economic miracle of the 1960s.  Japan’s high-speed industrial growth established the model for a new kind of accelerated development that has since unfolded across Asia.  These political and economic transformations were also social and personal, encompassing the remaking of family structures and ideologies.  The greatest lessons may lie in the aftermath of high-speed growth, in the transformations that accompanied the deflation of the economic bubble after 1990.  The semester concludes with a consideration of present trajectories and possible futures.

 

 

Texts:

1. Andrew GORDON, A Modern History of Japan, third edition (Oxford University Press, 2013).

2. John W. DOWER, Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Aftermath of World War II (W.W. Norton/New Press, 1999).

3. R. Taggart MURPHY, The Weight of the Yen (W. W. Norton, 1997).

4. Handouts, online, and electronic reserve readings as specified over the course of the semester

 

 

Grading:

• two midterm exams (worth 20% each)

• two essays on class readings (15% each) 

• final exam including take-home essays (25%)

• active class participation (5%)

 

HIS 382N • Us Relations With East Asia

40425 • Spring 2008
Meets M 2:00PM-5:00PM GAR 0.120
(also listed as ANS 391)

This seminar examines the development of the field in the past five decades or so and the changing perspectives on major historical events and issues in the recent Chinese past.  Focusing on reading and discussion of the significant and innovative works, this course covers the major topics on late Qing and Republican China, including: ethnicity and identity; state-making and local politics; peasant economy and community; women and gender; urban culture and society; and rebellion and revolution.  Particular attention is paid to how the various political forces in China as well as historians inside and outside the country interpret history differently for varying political and academic purposes.

HIS 341K • Origins Of Modern Japan

40860 • Fall 2007
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM BUR 112

Same as Asian Studies 341K. This course focuses on Japan’s early modern age, from the end of the warring-states period in the 1500s to the stirrings of the industrial revolution in the mid 1800s.  The central focus is on the period of government by the Tokugawa shoguns (1600–1867), a period that reveals the social-ecological dynamics of an island country at a time of chronic resource scarcity and unprecedented development of popular culture.  Topics include the classical and medieval heritage, social and economic change, national isolation and national opening, the Meiji revolution, and the origins of modern nationalism, imperialism, and democracy.   We pay special attention to the subjective experiences of Japanese men and women who lived and created Japan’s distinctive path to modernity.

 

This course follows a half-lecture, half-seminar format.  Active class participation is required.

 

Writing flag.

Global Cultures flag.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

Hours: TTh 9:30–11:00, in UTC 4.112.

 

Required texts:  

1.  Conrad Totman, Early Modern Japan (Univ. of California Press, 1993). ISBN-10: 0520203569

2.  Katsu Kokichi, Musui’s Story: The Autobiography of a Tokugawa Samurai, trans. Teruko Craig (Univ. of Arizona Press, 1991). ISBN-10: 0816512566

3.  Yamakawa Kikue, Women of the Mito Domain, trans. Kate Wildman Nakai (Stanford Univ. Press, 2001). ISBN-10: 0804731497

4.  Handouts, electronic-reserve, and on-line readings.

 

Course requirements and grading:

•   two midterm exams (worth 10% each)

•   two essays on class readings (10% each)

•   essay revisions (10% total)

•   one presentation on supplemental readings (10%)

•   active in-class discussion work (10%)

•   in-class writing and peer editing work (10%)

•   final exam (in-class exam portion: 10%; take-home essay: 10%)

This is a small, writing-intensive and participation-intensive course, and attendance is required. If you anticipate that you will need to miss classes during the coming semester, please plan on taking this course in a later semester when it truly fits your schedule.

HIS 350L • Us-East Asian Relations-W

40940 • Fall 2007
Meets T 3:30PM-6:30PM BUR 436A
(also listed as ANS 361)

Lectures, discussion, reading, and research on selected topics in the field of history.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Designed for History majors. 

History 350L and 350R may not both be counted unless the topics vary.

Course carries Writing flag. 

HIS 350L • American Occupation Of Japan-W

39640 • Spring 2007
Meets TH 3:30PM-6:30PM BUR 234
(also listed as ANS 361)

Lectures, discussion, reading, and research on selected topics in the field of history.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Designed for History majors. 

History 350L and 350R may not both be counted unless the topics vary.

Course carries Writing flag. 

HIS 342C • Japan Since 1945

38740 • Spring 2006
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM UTC 3.134

This course begins by examining the transition from war, defeat, and military occupation to the economic miracle of the 1960s.  Japan’s high-speed industrial growth established the model for a new kind of accelerated development that has since unfolded across Asia.  These political and economic transformations were also social and personal, encompassing the remaking of family structures and ideologies.  The greatest lessons may lie in the aftermath of high-speed growth, in the transformations that accompanied the deflation of the economic bubble after 1990.  The semester concludes with a consideration of present trajectories and possible futures.

 

 

Texts:

1. Andrew GORDON, A Modern History of Japan, third edition (Oxford University Press, 2013).

2. John W. DOWER, Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Aftermath of World War II (W.W. Norton/New Press, 1999).

3. R. Taggart MURPHY, The Weight of the Yen (W. W. Norton, 1997).

4. Handouts, online, and electronic reserve readings as specified over the course of the semester

 

 

Grading:

• two midterm exams (worth 20% each)

• two essays on class readings (15% each) 

• final exam including take-home essays (25%)

• active class participation (5%)

 

HIS 382N • Empire/Globlzatn In Mod E Asia

39095 • Spring 2006
Meets T 2:00PM-5:00PM UTC 4.114
(also listed as ANS 391)

This seminar examines the development of the field in the past five decades or so and the changing perspectives on major historical events and issues in the recent Chinese past.  Focusing on reading and discussion of the significant and innovative works, this course covers the major topics on late Qing and Republican China, including: ethnicity and identity; state-making and local politics; peasant economy and community; women and gender; urban culture and society; and rebellion and revolution.  Particular attention is paid to how the various political forces in China as well as historians inside and outside the country interpret history differently for varying political and academic purposes.

ANS 341M • Modern Japan

29145 • Fall 2005
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM UTC 4.134

FLAGS:   GC

HIS 350L • American Occupation Of Japan-W

38585 • Fall 2005
Meets M 3:00PM-6:00PM JES A303A
(also listed as ANS 361)

Lectures, discussion, reading, and research on selected topics in the field of history.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Designed for History majors. 

History 350L and 350R may not both be counted unless the topics vary.

Course carries Writing flag. 

ANS 301M • Hist Of East Asia Since 1800

28215 • Spring 2005
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM UTC 4.112

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HIS 350L • Political Economy Of Japan-W

37335 • Spring 2005
Meets M 3:00PM-6:00PM PAR 204
(also listed as ANS 361)

Lectures, discussion, reading, and research on selected topics in the field of history.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Designed for History majors. 

History 350L and 350R may not both be counted unless the topics vary.

Course carries Writing flag. 

ANS 341M • Modern Japan

28937 • Fall 2004
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM UTC 3.134

FLAGS:   GC

HIS 350L • Japan-Us Relations-W

38267 • Fall 2004
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM CBA 4.340
(also listed as ANS 361)

Lectures, discussion, reading, and research on selected topics in the field of history.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Designed for History majors. 

History 350L and 350R may not both be counted unless the topics vary.

Course carries Writing flag. 

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