Events

Development and Underdevelopment in Postwar Europe

Past Series, The Disciplines Series, The Disciplines Series: The Idea of Development

October 10, 2014 Friday, 9:00am–6:00pm EDT The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
Cosponsors
  • The Blinken European Institute
  • East Central European Center
  • Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva

The economic aftermath of World War II in Europe is normally studied through the lens of reconstruction. However, many contemporaries saw “backwardness” as the main social and economic issue in several European regions. For these scholars, practitioners and policy-makers, reconstructing those economies not only would not have solved their structural problems; it might have even exacerbated their chronic underdevelopment and increased the gap with the more advanced regions. The history of postwar Europe is thus also the story of the attempts to overcome the structural backwardness of depressed regions through a conscious development effort, designed to bring radical changes to their economic and social structure in the long run.

While the history of postwar development ideas and institutions is mostly told as an extra-European history, this workshop will study the European roots of postwar 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.

Event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.

Program

October 10, 2014  Friday

8:50am - 9:00am EDT

Welcome and Introduction

9:00am - 11:00am EDT

The Problem of Backwardness in Postwar Europe
Chair and Commentator

Mark Mazower

Ira D. Wallach Professor of World Order Studies

Department of History, Columbia University

Backwardness in Interwar Europe

Thomas David

Professor of International History

Planning Peace: Development Policies in Postwar Europe

Michele Alacevich

Assistant Professor of History and Director of Global Studies

Loyola University, Maryland

From Reconstruction to Development: International Organizations Policies Toward Central European countries 1947-1970

Sandrine Kott

Professor of European Contemporary History

University of Geneva

11:00am - 11:15am EDT

Break I

11:15am - 1:15pm EDT

Visions of Development in Europe
Chair and Commentator

Yanni Kotsonis

Associate Professor of History, Russian & Slavic Studies

New York University

A Question of Timing? Why the European Recovery Program Became a Global Template for Development

Daniel Speich

Assistant Professor for History

University of Lucerne, Switzerland

Development Ideas in Postwar Greece

Andreas Kakridis

Adjunct Lecturer in Economics

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Thinking about Development in Late Socialist Hungary

James Mark

Professor of History

University of Exeter

1:15pm - 2:30pm EDT

Break II

2:30pm - 4:30pm EDT

Backwardness and Development in Eastern Europe
Chair and Commentator

Victoria de Grazia

Moore Collegiate Professor of History

Columbia University

Eastern European Economists and the Notion of Backwardness in the 1950s

Johanna Bockman

Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

George Mason University

Backwardness and Development in Soviet Central Asia & Afghanistan?

Timothy Nunan

Harvard Academy Scholar

Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies

Framing the Discourse on ‘Backwardness’: Tensions on the Development Issue Considered within the Bloc or on a Global Scale

Simon Godard

Teaching and Research Assistant

Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva

4:45pm - 5:45pm EDT

Final Discussion and Concluding Remarks

Adam Tooze

Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History

Columbia University

Participants
  • Michele Alacevich Assistant Professor of History and Director of Global Studies Loyola University, Maryland
  • Johanna Bockman Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology George Mason University
  • Thomas David Professor of International History
  • Simon Godard Teaching and Research Assistant Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva
  • Andreas Kakridis Adjunct Lecturer in Economics National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Yanni Kotsonis Associate Professor of History, Russian & Slavic Studies New York University
  • Sandrine Kott Professor of European Contemporary History University of Geneva
  • James Mark Professor of History University of Exeter
  • Timothy Nunan Harvard Academy Scholar Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies
  • Daniel Speich Assistant Professor for History University of Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Adam Tooze Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History Columbia University
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