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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 late start would follow a. Gerschenkron, Alexander, , Economic Backwardness in Historical. Perspective.***. Lecture Three: Other Industrialized Countries than Britain. I. U.S.

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I ferschenkron it here in four hypotheses:. He fled the Bolshevik Revolution with his father inapparently bound for Paris, but wound up in Vienna instead.

History, even of Europe alone, does not in every detail bear easily the weight of such a grand design. What these gerschenlron gained was proximity to a stellar intellect, and close association with each other as they pursued their research.

Gerschenkron had a profound influence on his students. Rarer still is the doctoral student in economic history who remains uninfluenced by his beguiling hypotheses about the process of historical change within Europe since the Industrial Revolution.

Aldxanderhe enrolled in the University of Vienna’s school of economics, graduating in It is the opening chapter of that volume, and a gerschenkton reason that it was recently selected as one of the most influential works of economic history ever published.

A Latecomer Who Emerged Alfxander Alexander Gerschenkron and his ideas have had, like excellent wine, a remarkable maturing in recent years. In that interval, beyond continuing his efforts with Gulick, he also assisted Howard Ellis and Jack Condliffe.

Send email to admin eh. You could not be signed in. And more recently, with the rise of political economy as a field, his work is widely assigned as required reading. He accepted, and his university career really began. Gerschenkron studied many subjects, from history of economics, economics of the Soviet Union, statistics, Greek poetry, and a great deal in between.


There he was to stay for only five years before moving on to the Federal Reserve Board. But the very effort to construct an explicit, and testable, model is what differentiates him from his contemporaries. Additionally, one can record that a goodly number of them have also attained presidency of the Economic History Association. Archived from the original PDF on It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

Account Options Sign in. The rapid pace of development in East Asia, for example, has inspired a whole set of major works over the last fifteen years, seeking to ascertain how a region, apparently condemned to continuing stagnation by religion, language and tradition, could spurt ahead in the s and subsequent periods. Gerschenkron had extremely good judgment or very good luck, or perhaps a combination of both.

In he worked with the Federal Reserve in the Research and Statistics department. With AIDS spreading rapidly throughout Africa, with malaria and other diseases recurring, with environmental degradation threatening, with a demographic transition that will begin to exert the pressure of an aging population, there is no lack of additional new problems that are pressing.

Agricultural and Applied Economics Association members Sign in via society site. Many of his students went on to have productive careers, and a good number of them have attained presidency of the Economic History Association.

Alexander Gerschenkron

Most users should sign in with their email address. 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.

Always, application of the backwardness approach requires close attention to detail, as well as a quantitative emphasis. Even the recent pause, requiring massive assistance from the IMF and extensive domestic restructuring, gedschenkron come off with barely a temporary decline. Rapid Soviet growth was not constructed on the basis of false statistics, but rather, inappropriate technique.


His early work often pursued the statistical tricks of Soviet planners.

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My library Help Advanced Book Search. The considerable appeal of the Gerschenkron model derives not only from its logical and consistent ordering of the nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century European experience.

The model is, of course, not without its limitations and its critics.

InGerschenkron became an American citizen and inhe left the Alwxander Reserve Board to accept a position as a tenured professor at Harvard University. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat He also learned many languages. Ultimately, as well, there are the many developmental failures — rather than only the successes — that now loom larger and attract attention. Fishlow, Albert Project He married, had a child and took a position representing a Belgian motorcycle firm in Vienna.

University of California Press. Gerschenkron stated that a country such as Russia, backward relative to Britain when it embarked on industrialization, did not go through the same stages. Email alerts New issue alert. Social Attitudes Entrepreneurship and Economic Devel. These new issues are not ones that Gerschenkron explicitly raised. Few who were recruited could desist, regardless of initial inclinations that were not directed alexxnder economic history.

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