General Perspectives on the Capitalist Development State and Class Struggle in East Asia

Goldner, Loren

Year Published:  2009  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX9116

A discussion regarding the rise of the leftist movement in East Asia.

Abstract:  We begin with a rather complex historical elaboration of the context in which a socialist and later specifically Marxist left arose in Japan, China and Korea to show the importance of the entire region (including Siberia) for the early Korean left, especially after colonization by Japan in 1910 made most legal socialist activity in Korea itself impossible. More importantly, this East Asian left, it will be argued, was as statist as the German-influenced modernizers building the region's capitalism. There was nothing specifically Asian about this, as it characterized mainstream currents of the international left everywhere.

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