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Overview

In Globalization and the Poor Periphery before 1950 Jeffrey Williamson examines globalization through the lens of both the economist and the historian,
analyzing its economic impact on industrially lagging poor countries in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Williamson argues that industrialization in the core countries of northwest Europe and their overseas settlements, combined with a worldwide revolution in transportation, created an antiglobal backlash in the periphery, the poorer countries of eastern and southern Europe, the Middle East,
Africa, Asia, and Latin America.During the "first global century," from about 1820
to 1913, and the antiglobal autarkic interwar period from 1914 to 1940, new methods of transportation integrated world commodity markets and caused a boom in trade between the core and the periphery. Rapid productivity growth, which lowered the price of manufactured goods, led to a soaring demand in the core countries for raw materials supplied by the periphery. When the boom turned into bust, after almost a century and a half, the gap in living standards between the core and the periphery was even wider than it had been at the beginning of the cycle. The periphery, argues
Williamson, obeyed the laws of motion of the international economy. Synthesizing and summarizing fifteen years of Williamson's pioneering work on globalization, the book documents these laws of motion in the periphery, assesses their distribution and growth consequences, and examines the response of trade policy in these regions.

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"This highly original volume by a leading economic historian provides an excellent analysis of global trends and the impact of globalization on the periphery until 1950. The questions it raises can provide an attractive research agenda in years to come." Sevket Pamuk EH.Net

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262513500
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 8/21/2009
  • Series: Ohlin Lectures
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey G. Williamson is Laird Bell Professor of Economics Emeritus at Harvard and
Honorary Fellow in the Department of Economics at the University of
Wisconsin--Madison. He is the coauthor (with Kevin O'Rourke) of
Globalization and History: The Evolution of a Nineteenth-Century Atlantic
Econom
y and (with Timothy J. Hatton) of Global Migration and the
World Economy: Two Centuries of Policy and Performance
, both published by the MIT Press.
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