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Economic backwardness in historical perspective

Alexander Gerschenkron

Economic backwardness in historical perspective

a book of essays.

by Alexander Gerschenkron

  • 218 Want to read
  • 32 Currently reading

Published by Belknap Press of Harvard University Press in Cambridge .
Written in English

    Places:
  • Soviet Union,
  • Soviet Union.,
  • Italy.,
  • Bulgaria.
    • Subjects:
    • Industries -- Soviet Union.,
    • Industries -- Italy.,
    • Industries -- Bulgaria.,
    • Soviet Union -- Economic conditions.

    • Edition Notes

      Includes bibliography.

      Classifications
      LC ClassificationsHC335 .G386
      The Physical Object
      Pagination456 p.
      Number of Pages456
      ID Numbers
      Open LibraryOL5855687M
      LC Control Number62017217
      OCLC/WorldCa228070

      For others, his approach has often proved a useful starting point for the historical discussion of other parts of the world, such as Henry Rosovsky did with Japan, and others, elsewhere. Abram Bergson has contributed greatly to the ease with which it is now possible to puncture the fable of an exploited peasantry as the special foundation-stone of Soviet industrialization. Moreover, important current issues like globalization, the central role of international trade, and education are less significant through much of the nineteenth century in Europe. Gerschenkron studied many subjects, from history of economics, economics of the Soviet Union, statistics, Greek poetry, and a great deal in between.

      The historical school of economics included other economists such as Max Weber and Joseph Schumpeter who reasoned that careful analysis of human actions, cultural norms, historical context, and mathematical support was key to historical analysis. Russian school teachers handle smaller classes. The common service of the books by Messrs. This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat He also learned many languages. With a monopoly in place, the government could set a price policy, which would force a number of farmers to discontinue grain production for the market and eventually carry out the needed adjustment of high cost agriculture to the international market conditions.

      The Communist regime achieved light control over a meager agricultural output. Gerschenkron had extremely good judgment or very good luck, or perhaps a combination of both. Gerschenkron did not define economic backwardness but alluded to related factors: income per capita, amount of social overhead capital, literacy, savings rates and level of technology. Rare is the sophisticated course in political economy that does not assign his model of relative backwardness as a required reading. Social Attitudes Entrepreneurship and Economic Devel. And he wrote, in long nights of private work, what proved to be his single piece of greatest length, Bread and Democracy in Germany, published in Berkeley: University of California Press.


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Economic backwardness in historical perspective book

Nikital Khrushchev proclaims determination to persevere in increasing Soviet consumer supplies. From Habsburg to Hitler. His versatile analysis not only includes construction of ingenious industrial output indices and fruitful historical hypotheses on the index-number problem, but also original insights gleaned from a study of Soviet novels and a brilliant critique of Doctor Zhivago.

The book was selected as a New York Times best seller and received numerous awards. Rapid Soviet growth was not constructed on the basis of false statistics, but rather, inappropriate technique. He and his wife wrote an article together on translations of Shakespeare, which was published in a literary journal.

History, even of Europe alone, does not in every detail bear easily the weight of such a grand design. The historical school of economics included other economists such as Max Weber and Joseph Schumpeter who reasoned that careful analysis of human actions, cultural norms, historical context, and mathematical support was key to historical analysis.

There he was to stay for only five years before moving on to the Federal Reserve Board. He rightly, I believe, adverts repeatedly to the uncertainties: The most the figures can portray is that the defense claim in the Soviet Union is and has been a substantial one and that in all probability the claim was…relatively more burdensome during the early fifties than it has been since If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in.

Still, measuring the real national income of the Soviet Union takes him into most corners of the Soviet economy, and he always emerges with credit—though sometimes, as it appears to me as in the case of military productionwith his quarry still unmeasured.

It also worked in favor to a major part of the German peasantry. You could not be signed in. As the contemporary world continues to confront the problem of inadequate development, particularly over the last twenty years in Latin America and Africa, that special magic of nineteenth century backwardness stimulates greater appeal, and greater hope.

There were his regular lunchtime performances at the Faculty Club and Eliot House and his interactions with other Harvard scholars. Harvard offered him a position as a tenured professor, the successor to Abbot Payson Usher. Such a tension takes political form and motivates institutional innovation, whose product becomes appropriate substitution for the absent preconditions for growth.

It argued that there were no universal truths in history, emphasizing the importance of historical context without quantitative analysis. Send email to admin eh. A non-specialist will not pretend to decide among these contestants.

Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective

He usually limited himself to a final evaluative comment, and one that either justified further research or implicitly suggested that another topic might be a better eventual choice. He worked for the firm for three years, but then decided to commit himself to politics, in particular the Social Democrats.

Bergson concludes that the Russians are probably able to increase both consumption and investment at substantial rates. Ineight years after the Germans alexandrr defeated at World War Ithe Junkers started to plot against the forces of democracy.

However, the past twenty years have witnessed the widespread closure of these separate programmes in the UK and the integration of the discipline into either history or economics departments.

He was an exceptional reader, of good books and bad. And more recently, with the rise of political economy as a field, his work is widely assigned as required reading. Those who feel in their bones that the Russian economic establishment must be of approximately the size of American, and growing more rapidly than any other, might well ponder the relatively unequivocal fact of energy use.] GERSCHENKRON: ECONOMIC BACKWARDNESS important, and worth having collected.

But the author's anger makes the book almost impossible to read in large doses. This may account for the poor proof-reading and indexing. C. P. KINDLEBERGER Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective: A Book of.

Jul 25,  · Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective. Bread and Democracy in Germany”. Gerschenkron had a profound influence on his students. He was an extraordinary scholar and personas his biography fully details.

This chapter expands on three main topics. First, it is argued that the economic historical perspective may contribute to our understanding of present day development processes. 4 Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective () Alexander Gerschenkron [ ] The Elements of Backwardness A good deal of our thinking about industrialization of backward countries is dominated – consciously or - Selection from The Globalization and Development Reader: Perspectives on Development and Global Change, 2nd Edition [Book].

His hypothesis first took form in a essay entitled “Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective.” From that brief page contribution to a conference held at Chicago, and later published in Economic Development and Cultural Change, were to emerge the central ideas that characterized his subsequent academic career.

The essay gave. Jul 29,  · Philip M. Raup; Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective, Alexander Gerschenkron, Cambridge, The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

Gerschenkron (), a differential behaviour in terms of accumulation, emphasis on the fact that countries which had a .