The Early Phases of Industrialization in Russia: Afterthoughts and Counterthoughts

  • Alexander Gerschenkron
Part of the International Economic Association Series book series (IEA)


The following pages do not purport to cast the topic in a new mould. My views on the course of European industrialization in the nineteenth century in general and on that of Russia in particular have been laid down in a number of essays published within the span of the last ten or twelve years.1 This circumstance, however, should cause no disappointment to the members of this Conference. A paper on an assigned topic resembles the proverbial gift horse in that no reasonable person will expect too much from it. Still, it need not be entirely toothless, and it is possible that a confrontation of my views with those of Professor Rostow might yield one or two additional insights; at the very least, it may draw sharper contours around the methodological problems involved.


National Income Russian Economic Development Sustained Growth Industrial Enterprise Investment Bank 
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© International Economics Association 1963

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander Gerschenkron
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  1. 1.Harvard UniversityUSA

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