Introduction - Historical overview of international development
‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it’ (Santayana, 1905).
In order to move forwards we need to know where we have come from.
-What are colonialism and capitalism, and the connections between them, conceptual and historical?
- How did western Europe come to dominate so much of the world by the end of the nineteenth century?
- What are the implications of colonial economy and society for development?
- 1950s-1970s : Third World as subject to Western science and expert knowldege - modernism - technocratic view, technological optimism
- 1980s-1990s: Emerging World as participant - postmodernism - social construction of technology,
- 2000 - : Parallell Worlds - disintegration - pragmatic experimentation - open source movement - Millennium Development Goals
- 2015 - : from here where to?
What are the lessons of the past?