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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Entry therein was a special occasion: In his essay, he mostly discusses Britain, Germany and Russia. That book attacked the Junkers for their exploitation of the rest of the German population, and earned him promotion to the rank of Instructor with the opportunity to teach courses.

There he rapidly learned German, as well as Latin, enabling him to attempt to pass the entrance examination for secondary school within seven months. The war in Vietnam, and the student reaction, imposed a large cost, as it did to many others who had fled Europe in the alexaneer.

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. It is awarded for the best dissertation in the economic history of an area outside of the United States backwardnexs Canada. He married, had a child and took a position representing a Belgian motorcycle firm in Vienna.

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Alexander Gerschenkron

If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. Whatever the strength in economics had been with Bohm-Bawerk, Menger and others who had pioneered in the Austrian school, it was not there in the s.

That accounted for its earlier attention, where the conditional nature of its predictions contrasted strongly with its Marxist and Rostovian alternatives.

France, beginning later, would need greater intervention to compensate for its limitations. As an example of his facility with languages, Deirdre McCloskey tells of Gerschenkron’s harsh evaluation of a Russian translation: InGermany introduced a new tariff and formulated a definite policy, which protected domestic grain production against overseas competition.

It is the opening chapter of that volume, and a significant reason that it was recently selected as one of the most influential works of economic history ever published. 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. England, the locus of the Industrial Revolution, could advance with free market guidance along the lines of Adam Smith.

This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat Economicsthe course in economic history required of all graduate students, assigned a paper as well as a final examination.

Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? I summarize it here in four hypotheses:. Alexander Gerschenkron and his ideas have had, like excellent wine, a remarkable maturing in recent years.


Bread and Democracy in Germany”. There were no equivalent stages of economic growth in all participants.

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This has not much altered the pattern of development. Ineight years after the Germans were defeated at World War Ithe Junkers started to plot against the ecinomic of democracy.

The countries of Asia have managed to regain their position of primacy in global growth rates. This policy worked in favor of the big estate owners, the Junkerswho held important political positions in Prussia.

Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective

It rejected the English Industrial Revolution as the normal pattern of industrial development and deprived the original accumulation of capital of its central force in determining subsequent expansion.

He also led evening seminars once a week in which his graduate students would discuss ideas for dissertations and evaluate quantitative techniques. This “Gerschenkron effect” was a significant finding that gdrschenkron the announced superior Soviet growth.

Retrieved from ” https: It was not his direct dissertation supervision that was responsible. Most of the students chose subject matter far from continental Europe.

CambridgeMassachusettsUnited States. Gerschenkron defined an indelible, if unattainable, standard of scholarship for colleagues and students alike.