The Four Little Dragons: The Spread of Industrialization in East Asia

Ezra F. Vogel


The Four Little Dragons: The Spread of Industrialization in East Asia

The Four Little Dragons: The Spread of Industrialization in East Asia

  • Title: The Four Little Dragons: The Spread of Industrialization in East Asia
  • Author: Ezra F. Vogel
  • ISBN: 9780674315266
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Paperback

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Japan and the four little dragons Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Singapore constitute less than 1 percent of the world s land mass and less than 4 percent of the world s population Yet in the last four decades they have become, with Europe and North America, one of the three great pillars of the modern industrial world order How did they achieve such a rapid indusJapan and the four little dragons Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Singapore constitute less than 1 percent of the world s land mass and less than 4 percent of the world s population Yet in the last four decades they have become, with Europe and North America, one of the three great pillars of the modern industrial world order How did they achieve such a rapid industrial transformation Why did the four little dragons, dots on the East Asian periphery, gain such Promethean energy at this particular time in history Ezra F Vogel, one of the most widely read scholars on Asian affairs, provides a comprehensive explanation of East Asia s industrial breakthrough While others have attributed this success to tradition or to national economic policy, Vogel s penetrating analysis illuminates how cultural background interacted with politics, strategy, and situational factors to ignite the greatest burst of sustained economic growth the world has yet seen.Vogel describes how each of the four little dragons acquired the political stability needed to take advantage of the special opportunities available to would be industrializers after World War II He traces how each little dragon devised a structure and a strategy to hasten industrialization and how firms acquired the entrepreneurial skill, capital, and technology to produce internationally competitive goods Vogel brings masterly insight to the underlying question of why Japan and the little dragons have been so extraordinarily successful in industrializing while other developing countries have not No other work has pinpointed with such clarity how institutions and cultural practices rooted in the Confucian tradition were adapted to the needs of an industrial society, enabling East Asia to use its special situational advantages to respond to global opportunities.This is a book that all scholars and lay readers with an interest in Asia will want to read and ponder.


Recent Comments "The Four Little Dragons: The Spread of Industrialization in East Asia"

Ezra Vogel's Four Little Dragons is a comparative primer that distills key narratives and lessons from four "Asian miracle" economies. Vogel skillfully narrates the rapid growth episodes of Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan in a slim volume. Remarkably, he synthesizes the varied experiences of these late developers, drawing key insights from a rich comparative setting. This guide is a solid starting place for those wanting to understand "what happened." Also: an unfortunately dated c [...]

A masterful account on the industrialization of Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore. Vogel explains how the situational factors in U.S. Aid and guidance, destruction of traditional confucian order by Japanese territorial expansion, a sense of political and economic urgency in face of the communist threat, eager and plentiful workforce, and the existence of the Japanese industrialization model came together to give a powerful advantage to the 4 East Asian Tigers. He concludes that the ab [...]

This book highlights how rapid industrialization was successful in Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Vogel points toward the support from the U.S. and Japanese influence along with what he calls "Industrial Neo-Confucianism." The book was an interesting overview of the factors that contributed toward their success and raises questions about whether there is something unique to East Asia that enabled such successful industrialization. Interesting for anyone interested in Asia or econ [...]

The book is extremely dated, but I give it credit for doing a fairly good job of explaining why Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore were able to rise from impoverished nations to mid-level technological powers in only two generations.

It is about the 4 East Asian countries, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapor and how they become developed countries in a short period of time. A good book for people interested in Economics or generally deveolopment.

While I was disappointed by the lack of geopolitical explanations as well as incomplete comparisons with Latin America, this books provides an excellent starting guide to the rapid development of the four little dragons: South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Keeping this book close to me, as I agree that "East Asia is increasingly seen as an appealing model for catching up with the Western economies, for avoiding excessive decandence and crime, for overcoming the stalemates created by v [...]


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