The Menace of Progress II The Promise and Failure of Development (HIST 293.3)

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HIST 293 02 January 2019
HIST 293 02 January 2017


This course examines the promise and ultimate failure of development. Stemming from the dismantling of colonial empires and the creation of an infrastructure to manage the international economy near the end of second World War, 'development' promised to end or dramatically reduce poverty around the world. Development policies ultimately failed to meet those goals and were replaced by neo- liberalism and arguments about good governance by the end of the 20th century. This course explores the idea of development and suggests the difficulties encountered in living up to its promises lie in its basic premises; reliant as they are on the continued desire to impose specific types of economic and social relations around the world---the continuation of what might be called the Menace of Progress. The course explores this history through an examination of post-independent economic policy in Africa, Asia and Latin America and an exploration of the history behind various ideas important to the concept of development: poverty, population and the expanded role of the market.


3 credit units HIST at the 100-level, or INTS 101, or 30 credit units of University.


Students with credit for HIST 289.6 may not take this course for credit; Other Regions.

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