The History of Development: From Western Origins to Global Faith [NOOK Book]

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The History of Development, now in its fourth edition, is a classic development text, which has both defined and changed its field. Gilbert Rist provides a complete and powerful overview of what the idea of development has meant throughout history. He traces it from its origins in the Western view of history, through the early stages of the world system, the rise of US hegemony, and the supposed triumph of third-worldism, through to new concerns about the environment and globalization. In a new chapter on ...
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The History of Development: From Western Origins to Global Faith

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Overview

The History of Development, now in its fourth edition, is a classic development text, which has both defined and changed its field. Gilbert Rist provides a complete and powerful overview of what the idea of development has meant throughout history. He traces it from its origins in the Western view of history, through the early stages of the world system, the rise of US hegemony, and the supposed triumph of third-worldism, through to new concerns about the environment and globalization. In a new chapter on post-development models and ecological dimensions, written against a background of world crisis and ideological disarray, Rist considers possible ways forward and brings the book completely up to date. Throughout, he argues persuasively that development has been no more than a collective delusion, which in reality has resulted only in widening market relations, whatever the intentions of its advocates.
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"If you want to understand the ideological forces that have shaped North-South relations for half a century, you need this remarkable book."—Susan George

"Compelling and exciting reading…Rist's books, written with deliciously mild irony, is an account of the most crucial moments in which the rites of a belief embraced by millions were elaborated and canonized"—European Jourbanal of Development Research

"This book does an outstanding job"—Jourbanal of Developing Areas

"This book is one of the mist astute of its genre available today...exact in its scholarship and profound in its clear account of the philosophies and consequences of the Western example"—Rapport

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781783600250
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 4/10/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 4
  • Sales rank: 656,221
  • File size: 506 KB

Meet the Author

Gilbert Rist is a Professor at the Graduate Institute of Development Studies (IUED) in Geneva.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Definitions of Development 8

2 Metamorphoses of a Western Myth 25

3 The Making of a World System 47

4 The Invention of Development 69

5 The International Doctrine and Institutions Take Root 80

6 Modernization Poised between History and Prophecy 93

7 The Periphery and the Understanding of History 109

8 Self-reliance: The Communal Past as a Model for the Future 123

9 The Triumph of Third-Worldism 140

10 The Environment, or the New Nature of 'Development' 171

11 A Mixture of Realism and Fine Sentiments 197

12 Globalization as Simulacrum of 'Development' 211

13 From the Struggle against Poverty to the Millennium Development Goals 226

14 Beyond 'Development': From Downscaling to a Change in the Economic Paradigm 240

Conclusion 254

Bibliography 265

Index 277

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