The Growth Idea: Purpose and Prosperity in Postwar Japan
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280pp. August 2009
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The Growth Idea: Purpose and Prosperity in Postwar Japan
Author: O'Bryan, Scott;
Winner of the First Book Award of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute

Our narratives of postwar Japan have long been cast in terms almost synonymous with the story of rapid economic growth. Scott O’Bryan reinterprets this seemingly familiar history through an innovative exploration, not of the anatomy of growth itself, but
Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
The Growth Idea brilliantly historicizes some of the most important and controversial ideas of the twentieth century, ideas of great consequence in the present as well. It offers a powerful and largely persuasive argument, rich enough in both an
Author: O'Bryan, Scott;
Scott O’Bryan is assistant professor of history at Indiana University.
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Acknowledgments
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Introduction: The Growth Idea and Early Postwar History
The Meaning of "Loss"
Growth as Concept
Historicizing Economic Knowledge
The Mid-Twentieth Century and the Postwar-ness of Growthism




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