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Thursday, September 19, 2013

From My Quotes Cupboard: Japanese Turning Away and its results - Niall Ferguson's Civilization

While the English aggressively turned outwards, laying the foundations of what can justly be called ‘Anglobalization’, the Japanese took the opposite path, with the Tokugawa shogunate’s policy of strict seclusion (sakoku) after 1640. All forms of contact with the outside world were prescribed. As a result Japan missed out entirely on the benefits associated with a rapidly rising level of global trade and migration... In other words, long before the Industrial Revolution, little England was pulling ahead of the great civilizations of the Orient because of the material advantages of commerce and colonization. The Chinese and Japanese route – turning away from foreign trade and intensifying rice cultivation – meant that with population growth, incomes fell, and so did nutrition, height and productivity... Not all European commentators recognized, as Adam Smith did, China’s ‘stationary state.’

Civilization: The West and the Rest, by Niall Ferguson, The Penguin Press, 2011

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