INT 296F Third World? Two-thirds World!
History (non-Western, 3 crs.) and Political Science (3 crs.)
Robert J. Griffiths, ed., Developing World 05/06 (15th ed.; Guilford, CT:
Analysis is done of so-called Third World (“developing” countries, “emerging” areas, and “poor” nations) in context of erstwhile “revolution of rising expectations,” neutralism and Cold War nonalignment, and upheavals during the last decade of the 20th century. Comparison is done of colonial histories, background experiences, foreign policies, domestic differences and similarities.
Upon successful completion of this course, you can be expected
• To have a chronological knowledge of the antecedents and the appearance of so-called “third world” countries in the middle and late 20th century and their legacy in the present
• To have an essential understanding of terms and definitions of “third world” and related vocabulary
• To identify cohesive, divisive, and cross-cutting allegiances within the “third world”
• To be able to discuss and illustrate “first world,” “second world,” and other outside influences
• To analyze local, regional, and global dimensions of issues that entail “have|have-not” rhetoric and conflict
• To conjecture why some “developing” and “transitional” countries quickly move out of their marginal status while others linger in a stalled condition
In the course of this semester, you can expect to develop or improve
• Your ability to do analysis empirically, abstractly, and comparatively, using techniques and models drawn from both historical method and political science
• Your ability to formulate informed questions and pursue rational inquiry
• Your techniques involving alternative analytical viewpoints and normative perspectives
Articles—on Pace Library Electronic Reserve (INT 296F or Quest is quick; password is saturday)
Sauvy, Alfred, “The Third World,” in General Theory of Population (New York: Basic Books, 1969), pp. 204-218.
Reischauer, Edwin O., “The Future of a Limited World,” Worldview, Sept. 1975, pp. 145-152.
Foner, Eric, “We Must Forget the Past…South Africa,” in Who Owns History? (New York: Hill and Wang, 2002), pp. 88-109.
Glenn, Jerome C., “Third World Development: The Second Most Critical Focus…,” Future Research Quarterly, Spring l987, pp. 79-85.
Harrison, Lawrence, “Culture Matters,” The National Interest, No. 60, Summer 2000, pp. 55-65.
Wittrock, Bjorn, “Modernity: One, None, or Many,” Daedalus: Multiple Modernities, Vol. 129, No. 1, Winter 2000, pp. 1-60.
Wechsler, William F., “Follow the Money,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 80, No. 4, July-August 2001, pp. 40-57.
Bueno de Mesquita, Bruce, and Hilton Root, “The Political Roots of Poverty: The Economic Logic of Autocracy,” National Interest, No. 68, Summer 2002, pp. 27-37.
Rosecrance, Richard, “Money and Power: Pondering Economic Growth and Decline,” National Interest, No. 68, Summer 2002, pp. 127-132.
Rosecrance, Richard, “The Rise of the Virtual State,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 75, No. 4, July-August 1996.
History books (and relevant maps from Atlas)
De Bary, William Theodore, et al, Sources of Chinese Tradition (Vol. II; New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1964).
Rhoads, East Asia:
A New History (New York: Addison Wesley Longman, 1997).
Hourani, Albert, A History of the Arab Peoples (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 1991).
Robert W., A History of the African People
(5th ed.; Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press, 1998).
Thomas, and Peter S. Smith, Modern Latin
America (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1997).