Scales and Spaces in Histories of Development

Cyrus Schayegh

MINT105 | Spring | 6 ECTS

This course is a global history of development and modernization from the late 19th century that pays particular attention to questions of scales and spaces. Issues discussed include the developmental behavior of late 19th century Asian Empires, including internal colonization; the role of academic institutions in central cities with a multi-national hinterland for which they interpret development ideas; the issue of units of analysis in works on the history of development, including ‘the local,’ ‘the regional,’ ‘the national,’ and ‘the global;’ urban and rural landscapes of development; development and the environment, including large-scale technocratic interventions in the environment, e.g. dams; and the question of how we can conceive ‘global networks’ of development and modernization.