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Alexander Gerschenkron, Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective: A Book of Essays. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective, Alexander Gerschenkron, Cambridge, The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Pp. ($ ). Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective: A Book of Essays. By Alexander Gerschenkron. Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

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There were no equivalent stages of economic growth in all participants. Inhe enrolled in the University of Vienna’s school of economics, graduating in He and his wife wrote an article together on translations of Shakespeare, which was published in a literary journal.

Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective

A Book of Essays. Should one engage in significant land reform?

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But it began equivocally. He also referred to a northwest-to-southeast axis within Europe, with Britain as the least backward, followed by Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, and—the most backward—Russia. It predicts that the more “economically backward” a country is, the more we will see:.

InGermany introduced a new tariff and formulated a definite policy, which protected domestic grain production against overseas competition.

Send email to admin eh. The collection of essays under review, which opens with the backwardness thesis and closes with appendices on industrial development in Italy and Bulgaria with reflections on Soviet literature along the way — has achieved a hallowed acceptance. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in.


His early professional career is not recorded in autobiography as was his first 20 years.

The book was titled Industrialization in Two Systems and was published in A fourth and last relevant observation relates to his general intellect. 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.

When he was 16, he and his father left Russia during the period of the Bolshevik Revolution. His third great contribution came through his students. In a notable Rand study inA Dollar Index of Soviet Machinery Output, tohe showed that the remarkably high rates of growth of Soviet industrial production owed itself to the index number bias: A Journal of Socialist Theory.

This was a period when relationships with the Soviet Union became central to the United States, and when there were few others with his knowledge, interest and immense capacity to immerse himself in any and all information.

Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective — Alexander Gerschenkron | Harvard University Press

What these persons gained was proximity to a stellar intellect, and close association with each other as they pursued their research. Ultimately, as well, there are the many developmental failures — rather than only the successes — that now loom larger and attract attention. He researched at the University of California, Berkeley, for five years and then in he moved economiic Washington, D.


Entry therein was a special occasion: Four years later, he and his family would exit and join them, and hardly in easy circumstances.

Alexander Gerschenkron and his ideas have had, like excellent wine, a remarkable maturing in recent years. What has given it greater recent notice has been its broad scale generalization to the experience of the many late late-comers of the present Third World.

Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective: A Book of Essays

For those who went on in the field more seriously, the regular evening seminar became the focus. There were his regular lunchtime performances at the Faculty Club and Eliot House and his interactions with other Harvard scholars.

His early life was eventful. Email alerts New issue alert. Always, too, there were an impressive group of visitors to Cambridge who were invited to speak to the seminar, but never had permanence in its regular activities.