We have a mid-term tomorrow in my International Political Economy class (PS 404). Below are links to issues I have discussed on my blog, which tie directly into lectures I have given and, not coincidentally, are important for answering the questions that will be asked tomorrow. The focus of tomorrow's exam is on the states historical transformation from Feudalism to Mercantilism and, now, towards the modern Liberal state. These are areas that my students should be familiar with for tomorrow's exam. So, yeah, what's below is a list of ancillary "cliffs" notes for my class. To be sure, my regular readers (and those who have read my book) will understand the broader story.
Of course, for those who are just interested in knowing about this stuff, you can begin by reading the links below.
EXAM-BLOG NOTES FOR PS 404
From War to Mercantilism: The historical role the Renaissance, Reformation, and the Enlightenment had in paving the intellectual path for Market Capitalism to arrive.
Waves of Imperialism ... War and Markets: Why Great Wealth is not a product of individual initiative alone. Here we learn about the three waves of imperialism, which were driven by successive but distinct eras of mercantilism after 1648, 1815, and 1919,
The Moral Justification of Capitalism is on the Ropes ... Here's Why. This is a review of the transformation from feudalism and mercantilism towards the modern liberal state.
Waves of Imperialism, II ... It's not free markets ... the state creates the conditions under which wealth is created (with an all too brief discussion-mention of John M. Keynes and Friedrich List).
A flood of dollars, new competition, and a crumbling economic framework ... yet we do nothing, still (OK, this one is part of the Bretton Woods lecture, and will be part of the next mid-term).