Development and Underdevelopment in Post-war Europe


Date: Oct 10, 2014

While the history of post-war development ideas and institutions is mostly told as an extra-European history, this workshop will study the European roots of post-war development policies, and how they influenced development policies in the rest of the world. Far from remaining confined within European borders, this experience was in fact considered by the international development community as an incubator of lessons and ideas to be applied in underdeveloped areas worldwide.

Panel 1: The Problem of Backwardness in Postwar Europe
9:00–11:00 am
Chair and commentator: Mark Mazower (Columbia)
Thomas David (Lausanne): Backwardness in Interwar Europe
Michele Alacevich (Columbia): Planning Peace: Development Policies in Postwar Europe
Sandrine Kott (Geneva): From Reconstruction to Development: International organizations Policies Toward Central European Countries, 1947-1970

Panel 2: Visions of Development in Europe
11:15 am – 1:15 pm
Chair and commentator: Yanni Kotsonis (NYU)
Daniel Speich (University of Lucerne): A Question of Timing? Why the European Recovery Program Became a Global Template for Development
Andreas Kakridis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens): Development Ideas in Post-war Greece
James Mark (Exeter): Thinking about Development in Late Socialist Hungary

Panel 3: Backwardness and Development in Eastern Europe
2:30–4:30 pm
Chair and commentator: Victoria de Grazia (Columbia)
Johanna Bockman (George Mason, Washington): Eastern European Economists and the Notion of Backwardness in the 1950s
Timothy Nunan (Harvard/Berlin): Backwardness and Development in Soviet Central Asia and Afghanistan
Simon Godard (Geneva): Framing the Discourse on ‘Backwardness’: Tensions on the Development Issue Considered Within the Bloc or on a Global Scale

Concluding Remarks
4:45pm
Adam Tooze (Yale)

Co-sponsored by the Heyman Center for the Humanities, Blinken European Institute, East Central European Center, and the University of Geneva.

Date: Oct 10, 2014

While the history of post-war development ideas and institutions is mostly told as an extra-European history, this workshop will study the European roots of post-war development policies, and how they influenced development policies in the rest of the world. Far from remaining confined within European borders, this experience was in fact considered by the international development community as an incubator of lessons and ideas to be applied in underdeveloped areas worldwide.

Panel 1: The Problem of Backwardness in Postwar Europe
9:00–11:00 am
Chair and commentator: Mark Mazower (Columbia)
Thomas David (Lausanne): Backwardness in Interwar Europe
Michele Alacevich (Columbia): Planning Peace: Development Policies in Postwar Europe
Sandrine Kott (Geneva): From Reconstruction to Development: International organizations Policies Toward Central European Countries, 1947-1970

Panel 2: Visions of Development in Europe
11:15 am – 1:15 pm
Chair and commentator: Yanni Kotsonis (NYU)
Daniel Speich (University of Lucerne): A Question of Timing? Why the European Recovery Program Became a Global Template for Development
Andreas Kakridis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens): Development Ideas in Post-war Greece
James Mark (Exeter): Thinking about Development in Late Socialist Hungary

Panel 3: Backwardness and Development in Eastern Europe
2:30–4:30 pm
Chair and commentator: Victoria de Grazia (Columbia)
Johanna Bockman (George Mason, Washington): Eastern European Economists and the Notion of Backwardness in the 1950s
Timothy Nunan (Harvard/Berlin): Backwardness and Development in Soviet Central Asia and Afghanistan
Simon Godard (Geneva): Framing the Discourse on ‘Backwardness’: Tensions on the Development Issue Considered Within the Bloc or on a Global Scale

Concluding Remarks
4:45pm
Adam Tooze (Yale)

Co-sponsored by the Heyman Center for the Humanities, Blinken European Institute, East Central European Center, and the University of Geneva.

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