Western civilization has dominated the world for centuries now. Until the 20th century European empires spanned the globe, subordinating every other culture. Now America stands as the world’s sole superpower. When Columbus sailed in 1492, however, it was to reach Asian civilizations described by Marco Polo whose wealth and power were in advance of the West. Over the course of the Age of Discovery and subsequent colonial and imperial periods, an inexorable tide seemed to carry that wealth and power from East to West. However, if the world’s economists and historians are to be believed, that tide is reversing—and just as inevitably as before. But are the “experts” right? Will the 21st century will be the “Asian Century”?
Any valid prediction must be anchored in history. Thus, Powell History presents:
A First History of Asia for Adults, Part 5 – Japan, China, and India: The New Era of the Balance of Power
Here is a basic outline of the course, with details to follow soon…
Part 1: Japan
(Jul14 – Sep6: 8 weekly lectures — mark your calendar! Times TBA)
An industrial powerhouse whose infrastructure and environment have recently been devastated; now a net importer with a staggering debt-to-GDP; how will Japan’s insular culture emerge from the multiple crises it faces in the next generation?
Part 2: China
(Sep – Oct 2012; 8 lectures; exact dates TBA)
The world’s most populous nation, second largest economy, and the greatest creditor nation in history. How will its codependency with the United States – the largest debtor nation in history – affect its fragile oppressive “state capitalist” system?
Part 3: India
(Nov – Dec 2012; 8 lectures; exact dates TBA)
The world’s 2nd most populous nation is projected to have the largest economy on earth by 2050. Is India the most western of the great Asian nations? How did its utter subordination to Britain and subsequent independence define its cultural trajectory?
PLUS: A FREE BONUS LECTURE! For students of all three course segments: Preparing for the New Era of the Balance of Power.
As with all Powell History courses in the past, the lectures will be given live, so live attendance is an option via Internet and telephone conferencing, and recordings will also be available in MP3 format and via iTunes. This course will also be given using a new WebEx format currently being used in HistoryAtOurHouse, which means there will be a visual component as well.
More information on the attendance options, formatting of the material, and pricing will be available prior to the launch of pre-registration April 5th. Look for more news in forthcoming posts of PHR.