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 Syllabus of the Lectures 

“From the Great Divergence to the Great Convergence. What’s Behind Development Processes?”

School of Marxism

Wuhan University 

Oct. 8th – Nov.5th  2018

ROOM 319

 

 by prof. David Celetti

University of Padua (IT)

 

 

 

The lectures tackle one of the must puzzling – and important – questions of humanity, namely why certain societies develop and reach condition of high level welfare and well being, while others fail to do so, or, in some cases, even become poorer within a globally expanding world.

 

The lectures are divided in two parts. The first one, as an introduction to my country and as a case study, focuses on the economic, political, and social transformation of Italy within a diachronic – from 1950 to the present days – and comparative – with the main European Countries – framework. Italy in fact presents a interesting, and challenging, case study of a country having reached very high level of social and economic development, followed by a long term stabilisation at extremely poor growth rate. This appears all the more interesting that there is at moment no foreseeable possibility of escaping what is considered more and more as a “un – development trap”.

 

This conclusions will led us to the second – and main – part of the course, focused on “development” as a major issue for modern societies. First of all the course will provide a definition of development, that will be at once universal, and actually useful for identifying what “development” actually is, and where it actually takes place. It will then go over explaining the factors, processes, and results of the “Great Divergence” and of the “Great Convergence”, juxtaposing economic, social, and political aspects. Finally it will tackle the core question of the possible future development’s paths within a world that is challenged by ever more serious problems, as extreme wealth concentration, political and military confrontation, global instability, environment disruption, political instability. Within this context it will discuss to what extend is it possible to build a “long term convergence” towards a global welfare, without subsequent divergence.

 

The thesis of the course is that at the core of the potentially disruptive transformations leading to diverging development trends insist capitalism as a system of ever growing, and uncontrolled wealth concentration, whereas Marxist socialism, as an alternative system, could act not only as the starting point of the “Great Convergence”, but also as an alternative model for global, long term stabilisation into a convergence trend. In this sense the course is tightly linked with the conference “Marxism and Socialism in the 21st century”, and to the celebration of 200 years of Karl Marx births in 2018.

 

Personal reading and references will be given during the lectures

Lectures are structured as follows:

 

1. Course’s presentation. Presentation of Italy as a case study in its social, political, economic aspects.  10814:00-17:00

 

2. Italy as a case study. Economic, social and political transformation from the early 1950s to nowadays. Aspects and perspective of a “way out” from crisis and still stand. 101014:00-17:00

 

3. Development: a universal definition (within capitalistic frameworks). 101214:00-17:00

 

4. The Great Divergence: Latin America and the first colonization 1015 2:00-5:00

 

5. The Great Divergence: The East India, China, and Africa in the second colonization 1017 14:00-17:00

 

6. The Great Convergence: 1917 as a starting point  1019  14:00-17:00

 

7. The Great Convergence: USSR and China within the planned economy system 1022 14:00-17:00

 

8. The Great Convergence: reforms, transformation, and collapse. USSR between 1985 and 1992

1024 14:00-17:00

 

9. The Great Convergence: reforms, transformation, and growth. China between 1985 and 1992

1026 14:00-17:00

 

10. Growth miracles and failures: two models of reforms in parallel  1029  14:00-17:00

 

11. Growth miracles and failures: what remains of “neo-liberalism”? 1031  14:00-17:00

 

12. What’s next: the global challenge of economic and political stabilization in a erratic world

112  14:00-17:000

 

13. Conclusions: Marx in 21st century. a legacy. 11514:00-17:000

 

来源:武汉大学马克思主义学院