HIEA 1501 EA Marxism Schedule

Week One: Course Introduction……….. Jan 23

Week Two: Capitalism/Socialism/Communism……….. Jan 30

Marx, Capital (1867) vol. 1, chs. 1-2, 4, 6 (Penguin ed. of ch. 1, here.)

Recommended if you haven’t read it already: Marx & Engels, “The Communist Manifesto” (1848)

Background reading/aids:

David Harvey, Reading Marx’s Capital, iTunesU podcasts (free)

David Harvey, A Companion to Marx’s Capital, Verso, 2010

Moishe Postone, Time, Labor, and Social Domination, ch. 7, Cambridge, 1993 (on Clemons reserve)

Week Three: Kapital.………..Feb 6

Capital, chapters 25-33 (Focus on Sections 1-4 of ch. 25; skim section 5)

Week Four: Lenin………. Feb 13

Lenin, Imperialism, The Highest Stage of Capitalism (1916)

Kautsky, Ultra-Imperialism (1914)

Week Five: From Socialism to Marxism……….. Feb 20

Bernstein, Japanese Marxist, pp. 34-70, 87-162

de Bary, Sources pp. 212-45

Hoston, pp. 3-27

Week Six: The Debate on Japanese Capitalism……….. Feb 27

Hoston, chs. 5 & 6 “Development of Capitalism in Japan” & “The Asiatic Mode of Production

Uno Kozo, “What is the Debate on Japanese Capitalism?”

Hattori Shiso, “The Manufacturing Period Proper and the Problem of the Asiatic Mode of Production

Sakisaka Itsuro, “Methodology in The Analysis of Japanese Capitalism

Recommended: Hoston, ch. 3 “Comintern Theses on Japan” and Kevin Anderson, “Asiatic Mode of Production

Week Seven: Spring Break ……….. (No Class) Mar 5

Week Eight: The Critique of Japanese Fascism………..Mar 12

Reading/Discussion questions

Hoston, chapter 7, “The Emperor System and the Marxist Theory of the State” (Only pp. 179-86 are required, the rest of the chapter is helpful but thick–focus more on de Bary, Tosaka, and the discussion questions.)

de Bary, Sources, “The Tenko Phenomenon” and “The Rise of Revolutionary Nationalism,” pp. 256-87

Tosaka Jun, “The Fate of Japanism: From Fascism to Emperorism

Tosaka Jun, “Japanese Spirituality, Japanese Physiocracy, and Japanese Asianism

Week Nine: Mao and Maoism……….. Mar 19

Mao, “Report on an Investigation of the Peasant Movement in Hunan” (1927)

Meisner, Mao’s China and After, pp. 3-51. Reading/Discussion Questions

Week Ten: On Practice and On Contradiction……….. Mar 26

Mao, “On Practice” (1937) & “On Contradiction” (1937)

Meisner, chapters 5 and 8; Rebecca Karl, Mao Zedong and China in the 20c. World.

Reading/Discussion Qs

Optional, for those interested: On Protracted War (1938); On New Democracy (1940)

Week Eleven: Attempts at Non-Capitalist Development……….. Apr 2

Mao, “On the Correct Handling of Contradictions Among the People” (1957)

Meisner, pp. 129-51, 155-8, 191-239.

Great Leap Forward Discussion Qs

Optional: Mike Davis on Capitalist famines in India, 1896-1900, “Skeletons at the Feast

Week Twelve: The Critique of Stalinism……….. Apr 9

Stalin, “Economic Problems of Socialism in the U.S.S.R.” pp. 1-49

Mao, “A Critique of Soviet Economics” (1958) pp. 129-49

Optional: Raya Dunayevskaya, “Stalinists Falsify Marxism Anew: State of Teaching Marxism in the Soviet Union” (1948) and/or Vijay Singh, “Stalin and the Making of the Political Economy of Socialism

Friday April 13, Required Talk: Uno Kozo’s Theory of Crisis: How a theory of crisis can help with the writing of history, Ken Kawashima, University of Toronto 3pm.

Week Thirteen: The Cultural Revolution and Deng………..  Apr 16

Mao, “Directives Regarding the Cultural Revolution” (1966-9) only need to browse

Karl, 117-84; Meisner, 413-79.

Week Fourteen: The North Korean Revolution……….. Apr 23

Armstrong, The North Korean Revolution, pp. 1-106

Week Fifteen: The North Korean Revolution……….. Apr 30

Kim Il Sung, “On Eliminating Dogmatism” (1955)

Armstrong, pp. 136-245

Optional: Bo Xilai/Cultural Revolution story; Zizek editiorial on Occcupy Movement