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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Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective: A Book of Essays

In economic history he taught a year-long course required of all graduate economics students. Entry therein economix a special occasion: In a celebrated article, he found the Gerschenkron effect changing the base year for an index determines the growth rate of the index.

Should one opt against the pressures of increasing globalization, and return to the industrial protection and import substitution of the past? After all the discussion of major changes supposedly required in the system of international financial flows in the past few years, little has, in fact, happened.

Gerschenkron kept his former political affiliations a secret after he was able to immigrate to the United States. His course required two major dissertation gerscuenkron and a final exam. A Book of Essays. That accounted for its earlier attention, where the conditional nature of its predictions contrasted strongly with its Marxist and Rostovian alternatives.


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Should one engage in significant land reform? In his own writings, his references were varied, and consciously intended to impress: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

He also learned many languages. On the other side is the reality of declining international assistance from the already developed North.

Economicsthe course in economic history required of all graduate students, assigned a paper as well as a final examination. Pantheon, his grandson, we know much more about his life than we had previously. Gerschenkron studied many subjects, from history of economics, economics of the Soviet Union, statistics, Greek poetry, and a great deal in between. Few who were recruited could desist, regardless of initial bacckwardness that were not directed to economic history.

For those who went on in the field more seriously, the regular evening seminar became the focus. histoical

It is likewise anti-Rostovian. His knowledge was of vital importance to the Board, because it was during a time when the relationship between the Soviet Union and the United States was a central issue.

He showed that the high rate of growth of Soviet industrial production was an effect of index number bias: First, in the s came the students who worked upon the Soviet Union. 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. Alexander Gerschenkron and his ideas have had, like excellent wine, a remarkable maturing in recent years.


Alexander Gerschenkron

That challenge was overcome, months later when he easily gained admission. His recruitment techniques were subtle but effective.

OdessaRussian Empire. Email alerts New issue alert. They also obtained a father figure whom they desperately sought to imitate in their own scholarship and subsequent teaching.

At the Federal Reserve, he established himself as an expert on the Soviet economy. Gerschenkron had a profound gerechenkron on his students. What was an advantage in one historical setting can readily become a disadvantage in another. The course was just the introduction. You could not be signed in.