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The Development Century
A Global History


Part of Global and International History

Stephen J. Macekura, Erez Manela, Amanda Kay McVety, Julia F. Irwin, Cyrus Schayegh, Thomas Robertson, Alden Young, Edward Miller, Priya Lal, Alessandro Iandolo, Timothy Nunan, Corinna R. Unger, Christy Thornton, Nathan J. Citino, Paul Adler, Jeremy Adelman
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  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108453479

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  • This anthology offers a cutting-edge perspective on how development has shaped the history of the modern world. Stephen J. Macekura and Erez Manela have gathered together leading historians to examine development on the international, regional, and national levels, as well as local manifestations of development initiatives and transnational organizing on behalf of alternative approaches. Themes include the relationship between empire and development, the role of international institutions, the influence of the Cold War, decolonization and post-colonial development strategies, reform and resistance to development, development and global health, and the ecological effects of development. The Development Century examines how ideas and discourses about development have shaped its practices on the ground; explores the ways in which policymakers and experts attempted to implement development through specific institutions and policies; and analyzes development initiatives and their effect of local environments and people.

    • Engages with cutting edge research of leading scholars to rethink the role of development in the twentieth-century world
    • Considers how the practices of development shaped ecologies, economic life, and cultural change
    • Presents a global approach to the history of development through historical narrative, asking what this history might reveal about the origins of our world today
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    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108453479
    • length: 366 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Stephen J. Macekura and Erez Manela
    Part I. Origins of Development as a Global Practice:
    2. Wealth and nations: the origins of international development assistance Amanda Kay McVety
    3. The 'development' of humanitarian relief: US disaster assistance operations in the Caribbean Basin, 1917–1931 Julia F. Irwin
    4. Imperial and transnational developmentalisms: Middle Eastern interplays, 1880s–1960s Cyrus Schayegh
    5. Smallpox and the globalization of development Erez Manela
    Part II. Development in a Decolonizing World: Between Local and Global:
    6. New frontiers: World War II technologies and the opening of tropical environments to development Thomas Robertson
    7. A currency for Sudan: the Sudanese national economy and post-colonial development Alden Young
    8. Development, space, and counterinsurgency in South Vietnam's Bến Tre Province, 1954–1960 Edward Miller
    9. Decolonization and the gendered politics of developmental labor in Southeastern Africa Priya Lal
    Part III. International Development in Cold War Politics:
    10. De-Stalinising growth: decolonization and the development of development economics in the Soviet Union Alessandro Iandolo
    11. Graveyard of development? Afghanistan's Cold War encounters with international development and humanitarianism Timothy Nunan
    12. Postwar European development aid: defined by decolonization, the Cold War, and European integration? Corinna R. Unger
    Part IV. Development and International Society:
    13. 'Mexico has the theories': Latin America and the interwar origins of development Christy Thornton
    14. Nasser, Hammarskjöld, and Middle East development in different scales of space and time Nathan J. Citino
    15. Creating 'the NGO international': the rise of advocacy for alternative development, 1974–1994 Paul Adler
    16. Epilogue: development dreams Jeremy Adelman.

  • Editors

    Stephen J. Macekura, Indiana University, Bloomington
    Stephen J. Macekura is Assistant Professor of International Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the author of Of Limits and Growth: The Rise of Global Sustainable Development in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge, 2015).

    Erez Manela, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    Erez Manela is Professor of History at Harvard University, Massachusetts where he also serves as Director of Graduate Programs at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and co-chairs the Harvard International and Global History Seminar (HIGHS). He is the author of the prize-winning book The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anticolonial Nationalism (2007) and co-editor of The Shock of the Global: The 1970s in Perspective (2010) and Empires at War, 1911–1923 (2014).


    Stephen J. Macekura, Erez Manela, Amanda Kay McVety, Julia F. Irwin, Cyrus Schayegh, Thomas Robertson, Alden Young, Edward Miller, Priya Lal, Alessandro Iandolo, Timothy Nunan, Corinna R. Unger, Christy Thornton, Nathan J. Citino, Paul Adler, Jeremy Adelman

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