Spring ‘12                                                                                        

History 340
Industrialization in the U.S., U.K. and Japan

Dr. Tom Dicke                                                                                         Office hours: MWF 11:40-12:40; MW 1:50-2:50
423Strong Hall                                                                                                                                                and by appt.
Ph. 836-5746                                                                                                            E-mail: TomDicke@MissouriState.edu

 Course Description: This class examines industrialization across three cultures.  It has two main goals.  First, that you gain a basic understanding of the origins, spread, and impacts of industrialization in the United Kingdom, the United States and Japan.  Second, that you be able to form generalizations about the extent to which the process of industrialization appears to be universal and to what degree it has been shaped by specific historic events and general cultural factors.

The course is divided into three sections. The first looks at the pre-industrial world in each of the three countries mentioned above.  Here we begin with a look at the sources of economic growth in general and the characteristics of preindustrial societies. The second focuses on the UK, US, and Japan as developing nations. Here we divide our time fairly evenly between economic causes and social effects. Finally, we examine the emergence of modern industrial economies/societies in these countries.  Here the focus will be on the creation of global systems 

Academic Objectives:  You should develop the following competencies and skills:

1.  A basic factual knowledge of the events pertaining to industrialization in these three countries.

2.  The ability to analyze and evaluate the events and interpretations of the causes and results of industrialization.

3.  The ability to present your own ideas and conclusions in a clear concise way.


 Your grade will be based on how well you achieve these objectives.

Required Books:

Tessa Morris-Suzuki, The Technological Transformation of Japan.
David Nye, Consuming Power: A Social History of American Energies.

Reading Assignments:  Please be sure to all reading done in full before the appropriate class meeting.

Tests:  You will be required to complete 2 examinations, 1 research project, and a final.  The exams and final are each worth 25% of your total grade.  The research project is worth 15%.  Class participation is worth 10%.  The grading scale is: 100-90% = A, 89-80% = B, 79-70% = C, 69-60% = D, 60% or less = F.

The examinations will include an in-class portion made up of identification and short answer terms.  The out-of-class portion will consist of at least two thought/opinion questions.  You will answer one. These questions will require you to analyze major themes of the course, reach some general conclusions, and then defend those conclusions.  You will receive the questions one class period before they are due.  The final will consist of two parts, a comprehensive take home question which will be due the last day of class and an in-class exam to be taken during exam week.

The research assignment will require you to become expert in one small area and to work together as part of team to integrate the group’s expertise into a coherent presentation on a broader topic. A preliminary choice of research topics is listed in the “tentative course schedule” portion of this syllabus. All the topics listed in the syllabus except one contain multiple parts.  You should only sign-up for ONE part. The end result of your research project will be a 1500 to 3000 word written report and a 15-20 minute oral presentation on your assigned topic. The papers must be written individually but you will work with the others in your group on the oral presentations.  A sign-up sheet with a complete list of various topics and subtopics will be available soon.  
Research Project list

Class Participation:  Your active participation is required and directly affects your grade.  Participation by the entire class is especially important in an advanced course and as a result 10% of your final score comes from class participation.  You should come to class prepared to discuss the material and lectures.  Attendance is not required but so much of the material for this course will be presented and discussed in class that it will be very difficult to do well without regular attendance.

 Make-Up Policy:  If for any personal or medical reason you find it absolutely necessary to miss an assignment, you must, if at all possible, contact me beforehand and obtain my consent. If you do not have prior consent to miss an assignment, you have no guarantee that you will be able to take a make-up. 

All late assignments will receive a 7% penalty for each weekday they are late.

Common Departmental Policies:  Information about university and departmental policies regarding academic integrity, disability accommodation, dropping a class, and non-discrimination can be found on the Provost’s webpage located at: http://www.missouristate.edu/provost/syllabi.htm

Miscellaneous suggestions to help you in the course:  If you do not understand a course requirement or any of the course material, please ask about it.  If you do not wish to raise a question in class, feel free to see me after class or during my office hours.  Whether you are having problems or not, I encourage you to stop in at least once during the semester.

  Remember that the prime concern of history is to analyze change through time.  When, how and, most importantly, why the change occurred and its significance to various groups of individuals are concerns at the center of each question you will be asked.  Try to keep this framework in mind when you attend class, read the assigned material, and review your notes, then when exam time comes you will be thinking along the right lines.

 You should have success in this class in general proportion to the effort you expend.  If this does not happen be sure to see me at the earliest opportunity.                                                                                                                             

Tentative Course Schedule

 January18/20:  Introduction and overview.
Reading: Mokyr, The Lever of Riches, Introduction (available at Google books)

January 23/25/27: Tokugawa Japan (1584-1868)
Reading: Morris-Suzuki, The Technological Transformation of Japan. Introduction, chapters 2/3
NOTES: Traditional Japan

January 30, Feb. 1/3:  Traditional economies/business in Europe and U.K.
Readings: handouts & notes
Notes on Preindustrial Europe

February 6/8/10: Pre-industrial America, Mercantilism and empire, the House of Hancock, conclusions about the pre-industrial world. 
Readings: handouts, Nye, Consuming Power, Introduction, chapters 1/2    
Notes on Preindustrial US

February 13/15/17:  Finish the traditional world; exam 1. Research presentations on:  Apprenticeship, Mercantilism vs capitalism; traditional farming UK, Japan, and US; International commodities – coffee or sugar or china

February 22/24:  The industrial revolution in Great Britain, case study of textiles.
Readings: handouts
Research reports: the steam engine, Wedgewood                                                                                      

February 27/29/March 2:  Industrialization in the U.S. transportation domestic and foreign, business/government relations.  Readings: Nye, Consuming Power, Chapters 3-5
Research Report, Lowell Mills

Notes- Industrialization-first wave

March 5/7/9:  The rise of big business in the U.S. Case studies of Carnegie Steel and McCormick Harvester. In the UK – Cadbury.
Reading: TBA

March 12/14/16: The Meiji Restoration, industrialization in Japan, government policy and private efforts. 
Readings: Morris-Suzuki, The Technological Transformation of Japan review chapter 3, read chapter 4.

 Spring Break

 March 26/28/30:  The rise of big business in the US and Japan,  Exam 2
Notes-Rise of big Business

Notes Meiji industrialization

EXAM 2 Study Guide

April 2/4:  Japanese business through World War Two. The growth of the modern firm in the U.S. 1920 through World War Two.
Reading: Nye, Consuming Power, chap. 6
Morris-Suzuki, The Technological Transformation of Japan, chapters. 5/

April 9/11/13: Building a global system
Readings: TBA

April 16/18/20:  Post-war Britain, the end of empire; the "Japanese miracle"; The "American Century."
Readings:  Morris-Suzuki, The Technological Transformation of Japan, chap. 7; handouts

April 23/25/27:  Global business and society, world culture and consumer culture. Research Reports:  the EU and NAFTA
Readings: Morris-Suzuki, The Technological Transformation of Japan chapter. 8

Notes Post war global economy

April 30/May 2/4: global trends, case study of the auto industries in US, UK, and Japan.
Readings: handout

May 7/9:  Odds and ends; conclusions and speculation.


Final Exam Study Guide

Final exam questions

Summary of Tentative Exam Dates:
1st exam - Feb. 17th
2nd exam – March 30th
final exam – Monday, May 14th 11:00