Alexander Gerschenkron was a Ukrainian-born American economic . In , Gerschenkron wrote an essay Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective, a cornerstone of his career, and of. C. P. KINDLEBERGER. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective: A Book of Essays. By A. GERSCHENKRON. Alexander Gerschenkron, Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective: A Book of Essays. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

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He also learned many languages. Gerschenkron had extremely good judgment or very good luck, or perhaps a combination of both.

Sign In or Create an Account. Suddenly recommitted to study, he overcame his initial lapse, and graduated with his class. Gerschenkron understands that the establishment of democracy in Germany depends on numerous factors, and in his book he specifically deals with one aspect of the problem, the position of the Junkers and the agricultural policy in its relation to democracy. You could not be signed in.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Always, application of the backwardness approach requires close attention to detail, as well as a quantitative emphasis.

The countries of Asia have managed to regain their position of primacy in global growth rates.

Born in Odessa inhe died in Cambridge, Massachusetts in Bread and Democracy in Germany”. But it began equivocally. Even the recent pause, requiring massive assistance from the IMF and extensive domestic restructuring, has come off with barely backwardnness temporary decline. The essay deals with “economic backwardness”, and argued that the more backward an economy is at the outset of economic development, the gersvhenkron likely certain conditions are to occur.


Retrieved 16 April He was an exceptional reader, of good books and bad. History, even of Europe alone, does not in every detail bear easily the weight of such a grand design.

His early life was eventful. You do not currently have access to this article. 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 Backardness was a central issue. It all began, appropriately enough, with the Soviet Union.

InGerschenkron became an American citizen and inhe left the Federal Reserve Board to accept a position as a tenured professor at Harvard University. At the Egrschenkron Reserve, he established himself as an expert on the Soviet economy. Failure of economic development to become a global process, as it appeared to do in the s, and for broad convergence in per capita income levels to occur, now constitutes a major intellectual and practical challenge.

It backwarddness just as the computer was evolving and econometrics was undergoing rapid advance.

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

In this study, he analyzes the problem of the relation between democracy and the protection of agricultural products, particularly of grain, in Germany. At Harvard, he led the Economic History Workshop and taught courses on Soviet economics and economic history. He accepted, and his university career really began. Gerschenkron kept to his Russian roots—in his economics, history and as a critic of Russian literature.

Also, the more coercive and comprehensive were the measures required to reduce domestic consumption and allow national saving. Academy of Political Science.


There were his regular lunchtime performances at the Faculty Club and Eliot House and his interactions with other Harvard scholars. After graduation, Gerschenkron got married and had a child.

Alexander Gerschenkron

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. He believes the Germans should include this program of the agricultural adjustment plan in the peace treaties and entrust its execution and supervision to an international economic agency.

Many of his students went on to have productive careers, and a good number of them have attained presidency of the Economic History Gerschenlron. However, in the party ceased to exist after the Austrian Civil Gwrschenkron. A quick measure of his current influence is gercshenkron almost Google references that turn up with the entry of his name. But his performance at the gymnasium was not going well, until he encountered his future wife, Erica.

But the very effort to construct an explicit, and testable, model is what differentiates him from his contemporaries.

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