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The Case of Japan: A reply to the IMT on their verson of Japanese history

posted 16 Sep 2011, 09:42 by Sky Arundel   [ updated 9 Apr 2012, 03:08 by Admin uk ]
  By Adam Fulsom

 This document was written by myself back in 2009 as a reply to the IS of the IMT using Japan's development of capitalism for support in their argument that China is capitalist. Their view was and is that the formerly feudal government of Japan, facing pressures from the outside, decided to introduce capitalism and gradually, from within the state and without revolution, abolished feudalism peacefully and switched to capitalism.
 
I argue that this is factually incorrect, for the real situation in Japan was not a peaceful or gradual transition, but was revolutionary in character. Though led by some elements from within the existing state, it smashed the old state and changed thousands of years of Japanese tradition within a generation. It is still considered by Japanese today as the major turning point in their history, and is depicted in pop culture to a great extent and extensively covered by Japanese historians and Marxists.
 
I appologize but I no longer have the digital copy, so this document had to be scanned. I intent to write a more detailed piece on the Meiji Revolution soon.
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