Choose 1-3 of the readings, read them carefully and write a critical review based on the readings you choose. The course I take is about Late Industrialization and Social Change. 6 – 8 pages, double spaced, 1 inch margins. I will upload all the readings and a sample review later.


  • Write a critical review on any class readings you want to write about. Do not summarize, try to tease out what question you have after reading.
  • First you have to understand what the author(s) tries to say, and think about it to see if you agree with the author(s).Try to think why you disagree in case you do not agree, and in case you agree is what the author says enough? What can you add your own thoughts and ideas to those of the author? Is there enough evidence to support the arguments? Is there logical consistency in the arguments?
  • All in all, I am looking for how much thinking you put into critical review, not a summary of the readings.
  • The paper should be organized with a clear and strong thesis/argument in the introduction, several body paragraphs with evidences and your thoughts on the thesis, and a conclusion at the end.
  • Be original, and remember to cite.

Reading list: Japan (Choose 1-3 readings from the same category: Bureaucracy, Industrialization and the State, or Reinvented Tradition and Industrialization)


*Bernard S. Silberman, Cages of Reason: the Rise of the Rational State in France, Japan, the United States, and Great Britain (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993), Ch. 6.

*Kenneth Pyle, “Meiji Conservatism,” in Marius R. Jansen, ed., The Cambridge History of Japan, Vol. 5 The Nineteenth Century (Cambridge:Cambridge University Press, 1989).

*D. Eleanor Westney, Imitation and InnovationThe Transfer of Western Organizational Patterns to Meiji Japan (Cambridge, Mass.:Harvard University Press, 1987), pp. 1-32.

*J. Mark Ramseyer and Frances M. Rosenbluth, The Politics of OligarchyInstitutional Choice in Imperial Japan (Cambridge:Cambridge University Press, 1995), Ch. 5.

Industrialization and the State

*William Lockwood, The Economic Development of Japan (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1958), Chapters 1 and 10, and also p. 102

*Kyoko Sheridan, Governing the Japanese Economy (Cambridge:Polity Press, 1993), Ch. 9.

*Toshima Tsuruta, “The Rapid Growth Era,” in Ryutaro Komiya, Masahiro Okuno, and Kotaro Suzumura, eds., Industrial policy of Japan (Academic Press, 1988), pp. 49-87.

Reinvented Tradition and Industrialization

*W. Dean Kinzley, Industrial Harmony in Modern JapanThe Invention of a Tradition (New York:Routledge, 1991), Ch. 1 & 3.

*Andrew Gordon, “The Invention of Japanese-Style Labor Management,” in Stephen Vlastos, ed., Mirror of ModernityInvented Tradition of Modern Japan (Berkeley:University of California Press, 1998), pp. 19-36.

*Robert John Smith, Japanese SocietyTradition, Self, and the Social Order (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983), pp. 9-36.

*Koji Taira, “Factory Legislation and Management Modernization during Japan’s Industrialization, 1886-1916,” The Business History Review, Vol. 44, No. 1, Japanese Entrepreneurship (Spring, 1970), pp. 84-109.

*Yasusuke Murakami, “Ie Society as a Pattern of Civilization,” Journal of Japanese Studies, Vol. 10 No.2 (Summer, 1984).

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