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The Stages of Economic Growth: A Non-Communist Manifesto


reviewed by Harold F. Clark 1961

coverTitle: The Stages of Economic Growth: A Non-Communist Manifesto
Author(s): W. W. Rostow
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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This is a popular attempt to describe stages of economic growth in various countries of the world. The five stages are (1) the traditional society, (2) the preconditions for take-off, (3) the take-off, (4) the drive to maturity, and (5) the age of high mass-consumption. It is Rostow's opinion that he can classify the growth of wealth in the world's nations according to these stages. Most societies stayed in the traditional category for long periods. The traditional societies existed almost all over the world until the seventeenth century. In the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, some countries in Western Europe moved into the "preconditions for take-off" stage. The attitude towards modern science changed. The idea of progress was accepted. The possibility of a better life spread. Savings and transportation developed. After these conditions go on for awhile, the society is ready for "take-off." Growth becomes the normal activity. Technological changes are... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 63 Number 3, 1961, p. 225-225
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3132, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 7:29:05 PM

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