EAST-GA 2600 001 (HIST-GA 2702)
Meeting Time: Tuesday, 2:00-4:45pm, Location: KJCC. Rm. 717
Instructor: Rebecca Karl
* To register for this course, please contact instructor.
This course explores the emergence of what was called the “Agrarian Question” in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as that question was related to the emergence of industrialization and the shifting analysis of the question of value, problems of domestic and global revolution, and the issues of modernization and development. We will trace the evolution of the question from its modern Physiocratic core, through its articulation in Smith, Ricardo, Marx, Sun Yatsen, Chayanov, Banarji, and a host of others, and into the later twentieth century as part of the 'peasant problem' in China, as that relates to the crisis in socialist economics and its global resonances. The aim of the class is to familiarize students with some of the basic philosophical and historical texts surrounding problems of modernity, development and culture, as they pertain to the agrarian question; this is intended to assist students in analyzing contemporary problems through a longer and broader historical and theoretical perspective. Dense reading, class participation, and a research paper at the end are required. Reading memos to be submitted to NYU Classes forum each week; final paper to be submitted before Christmas, and proposed topic discussed with me by late-October..