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Drums of War, Drums of Development: The Formation of a Pacific Ruling Class and Industrial Transformation in East and Southeast Asia, 1945-1980

Glassman, Jim

978 90 04 31579 2
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Publication date:
30 August 2018

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In Drums of War, Drums of Development, Glassman offers an interpretation of industrialization in East and Southeast Asia that foregrounds Pacific ruling class geopolitical economic manoeuvring during the Vietnam War, challenging interpretations that ignore the effects of military violence.

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In Drums of War, Drums of Development, Jim Glassman analyses the geopolitical economy of industrial development in East and Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War era, showing how it was shaped by the collaborative planning of US and Asian elites. Challenging both neo-liberal and neo-Weberian accounts of East Asian development, Glassman offers evidence that the growth of industry (the 'East Asian miracle') was deeply affected by the geopolitics of war and military spending (the 'East Asian massacres'). Thus, while Asian industrial development has been presented as providing models for emulation, Glassman cautions that this industrial dynamism was a product of Pacific ruling class manoeuvring which left a contradictory legacy of rapid growth, death, and ongoing challenges for development and democracy.

Table of contents: 

Acknowledgements List of Figures, Tables and Plates List of Abbreviations Introduction: From the Drums of War to the Drums of Development A Moment in the Cold War with China: 2006 History in the Present Tense Industrial Transformation and Developmental States Development, Industrialisation, and Social Struggle Drums of War, Drums of Development: The Chapters Part 1 Theoretical Moorings: Geo-political Economy, the Military-Industrial Complex, and the Ruling Class 1 Reconstituting Geo-political Economy Introduction Geo-political Economy and Class Geo-political Economy and Transnational Politics Geo-political Economy and `Actually Existing Globalisation' Methodological Moorings in Geo-political Economy Strategic-Relational Geo-political Economies of the Conjuncture 2 The US Military-Industrial Complex and the Ruling Class Introduction Theorising War and Capitalist Class Transformation Class Fractions and Specialists in Violence Theorising the Development of the US Military-Industrial Complex The Concept of `the Ruling Class' The Ruling Class and the MIC Personified: Van Fleet, Bonny, and Komer The Ruling Class: A Unity-in-Diversity From the US MIC to the Pacific Ruling Class Part 2 Foundations of The Pacific Ruling Class and East Asian Industrialisation: Anticommunism and the Formation of Construction States in East Asia 3 Pacific Ruling Class Formation: The United States, Japan, and China Introduction: Producing a Pacific Ruling Class Anticommunism: The Cement of the Pacific Ruling Class Alliance The United States and Japan: From Occupation to Alliance The United States, the Two Chinas, and Vietnam Fateful Triangle: The United States, Japan, and China Wars and Rumours of Wars: Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East Conclusion 4 Expansion of the Pacific Complex: The Entry of the South Korean Chaebol Jim Glassman with Young-Jin Choi Introduction: Negotiating the MIC in South Korea Reconceptualising the Korean Developmental State and Chaebol Networks The Geo-political Economy of the Park Chung Hee Regime The Korean Chaebol Enter the Pacific Ruling Class Military Capitalism and the South Korean Construction State Conclusion Part 3 The Pacific Ruling Class and Regional Development: Expansion of the Pacific Ruling Class and Authoritarian, Anticommunist Developmentalism 5 Regional Allies and Differing Developmental Paths within the Complex: Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, and Singapore Introduction Marginalising the ROC Military Elite: The Vietnam War and the Transformation of the Taiwanese Developmental State Southeast Asian Differences Conclusion: Different Constructions of National Developmentalism 6 Regional Mosaic: War, Hierarchy, and Pacific Ruling Class Formation Introduction Flying Geese or Fighter Squadron? A Geo-political Economy of Regional Hierarchy Rituals of Diplomacy, Cultures of Difference, and Regional Hierarchy Anticommunism and Authoritarian Developmentalism in East Asia From Orientalism to Modernisation to Asian Values Conclusion Conclusion: The Drums of Development and Capitalist Globalisation Reprise The Philippines: Neo-colonial Redux and Violent Devolution Thailand: The Revenge of the Royalists South Korea: Securitising Politics Taiwan: The Return of the Guomindang, and the DPP Japan: The Rise of `Abenomics' and Japanese Remilitarisation The United States: From the `War on Terror' to the `Pivot to Asia' China: Back to Shanghai Regional Frictions Conclusion Bibliography Index


Jim Glassman, Ph.D. (1999), University of Minnesota, is Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia. He has authored two previous books on development issues in Asia, Thailand at the Margins (Oxford, 2004), and Bounding the Mekong (University of Hawai'i Press, 2010).




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