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The Urban-Rural Gap and the Dilemma of Governance
by Anirudh Krishna
“For generations, this urban bias in policy making, inherited from colonial times, has stunted the growth of human capital among the vast rural populations of [developing] countries.”
Trade, Development, and Inequality
by Uri Dadush
“[T]he most powerful underlying force driving increased inequality is not trade by itself but skill-biased technological change—machines and methods that reduce the need for unskilled labor and boost demand for more specialized and skilled workers.”
How Genetic Engineering Can Help Small Farmers in Developing Countries
by Jennifer A. Thomson
“Genetically modified crops alone are not enough to assure that smallholder farmers will prosper, but they can help to improve their livelihoods.”
Growth, the Environment, and Development in the Anthropocene
by Joyeeta Gupta
“Unlike the developed world, which is locked into its production-, consumption-, and infrastructure-intensive lifestyles, the developing countries still have multiple options.”
Perspective: The Trouble with the Sustainable Development Goals
by William Easterly
The UN’s new manifesto is a verbose embodiment of the development industry’s predilection for grandiose action plans. Spreading ideals of democratic and economic freedom is far more effective.
Books: Can the ‘Great Surge’ Continue?
by Joshua Lustig
In his new book, Steven Radelet hails the historic advances of developing nations over the past couple of decades in health, education, and poverty reduction, but hedges his bets on the future.
The Global Legacies of World War I
by John Horne
“Although the prestige of European civilization suffered a body blow in World War I, it took most Europeans longer to realize that their continent was not the center of the world, and longer still to think of a war fought mainly in Europe as a truly global conflict.”
by Glenda Sluga
“The world ended up with a League that simultaneously normalized international government and privileged the nation-state as the normative form of political sovereignty.”
The Many Meanings of National Self-Determination
by Brad Simpson
“Self-determination lacked legal standing in international law and remained ill-defined, and was thus open to appropriation and redefinition to suit diverse needs.”
Genocidal Legacies of the Great War
by Mark Levene
“[T]he war undoubtedly acted as a major catalyst to an aspect of the modern world we have seen time and time again, namely the mobilization of ethnic groups by great powers for their own geopolitical interests.”
The Economic Consequences of the War and the Peace
by Patricia Clavin
“The modern, globalized economy had emerged with vigor and reach in the nineteenth century, but was no more a guarantor of domestic or world peace after 1918 than it had been in 1914.”
Perspective: Contingency and Catastrophe
by Sean McMeekin
Drawing analogies between the global political situation in 1914 and the present misses the point: From its outbreak to its conclusion, the Great War was defined by uncertainty and accident.
Books: Dawn of the Almighty Dollar
by Emily S. Rosenberg
A new book by Adam Tooze boldly seeks to revise the history of World War I and the interwar era. His focus on the rise of American financial power is apt, but overlooks the role of US politics.