1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook on the History of Development

Edited By Corinna R. Unger, Iris Borowy, Corinne A. Pernet Copyright 2022
    386 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This bold and ambitious handbook is the first systematic overview of the history of development ideas, themes, and actors in the twentieth century. Taking stock of the field, the book reflects on blind spots, points out avenues for future research, and brings together a greater plurality of regions, actors, and approaches than other publications on the subject.

    The book offers a critical reassessment of how historical experiences have shaped contemporary understandings of development, demonstrating that the seemingly self-evident concept of development has been contingent on a combination of material conditions, power structures, and policy choices at different times and in different places. Using a world history approach, the handbook highlights similarities in development challenges across time and space, and it pays attention to the meanings of ideological, cultural, and economic divides in shaping different understandings and practices of development. Taking a thematic approach, the book shows how different actors – governments, non-governmental organizations, individuals, corporations, and international organizations – have responded to concerns regarding the conditions in their own or other societies, such as the provision of education, health, or food; approaches to infrastructure development and industrialization; the adjustment of social conditions; population policies and migration; and the maintenance of stability and security.

    Bringing together a range of voices from across the globe, this book will be perfect for advanced students and researchers of international development history.

    Part 1: Introduction   1. Corinna R. Unger, Iris Borowy, and Corinne A. Pernet: The history of development: A critical overview  Part 2: Concepts and Ideas of Development   2. Daniel Speich and Verena Halsmayer: Economic growth and the object of development  3. Alessandro Iandolo: Socialist approaches to development  4. Eija Ranta: Alternative Development Approaches: Utopias, Co-options, Transitions  Part 3: Themes  Part 3a: Developing People  5. Iris Borowy: Unravelling the Health-Development Nexus  6. Damiano Matasci: Education, Development and North-South Relations in the 20th Century  Part 3b: Developing Societies  7. Michele Alacevich: Inequality  8. Gareth Austin: Industrialization  9. Teresa Huhle: Demographic Concerns and Interventions: The Changing Population – Development -Nexus in the 20th Century  10. Nicholas Micinski and Elaine McGregor: Multiple Faces of Migration and Development: Nation Building, Neoliberalism, and Multilateralism  11. Vincent Lagendijk: Infrastructure  Part 3c: Developing the Material World   12. Nancy Kwak: Urban development  13. Harro Maat: Agriculture and food production  14. Roger Merino: Resource governance  Part 4: Actors of Development   15. Liu Yi: Religious organizations  16. Kevin O’Sullivan: NGOs and Development: Small is Beautiful?  17. Verena Kröss, Corinne Pernet, Corinna Unger: International Organizations  18. Atul Kohli: State Intervention for Development: A Historical Perspective  19. Alex Gertschen and Olisa Moujama: Corporations  Part 5:. Transversal Perspectives  20. Karen Garner: Gender and Development  21. Corinna R. Unger: Development Knowledge: A Twentieth-Century Perspective  22. Sara Lorenzini: Development and the Security Paradox. How development was born to grant security but failed to do so.  23. Matthew Clarke: History of Development Assistance


    Corinna R. Unger is Professor of Global and Colonial History (nineteenth and twentieth centuries), European University Institute, Florence, Italy.

    Iris Borowy is Distinguished Professor, Shanghai University, College of Liberal Arts, China.

    Corinne A. Pernet is Director of the Department of International Educational Development at Zurich University of Teacher Education, Switzerland.