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Mandarins of the Future: Modernization Theory in Cold War America

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ISBN: 9780801886331
Author(s): Nils Gilman
Format: Paperback
Year: 2007
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Dimensions: 147 x 237 x 24 (w x l x h)
Pages: 344
Pages: 17
Series: New Studies in American Intellectual and Cultural History (Paperback)

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Ideas about how to 'modernize,' particularly when developed countries apply them to countries less fortunate, clearly have consequences, intended and unintended. Modernization theory must be among the most important constructs of the twentieth century, certainly in the story of the social sciences. Nils Gilman here offers the first (or second) attempt to treat its development as a problem in intellectual history. The dimensions of the problem call for special ambition and competence, and Gilman has turned in a highly creditable performance. His study ranges from concepts of 'modernism' to the post-World War II/Cold War American sense of global mission and responsibility. Gilman examines rising energy levels at the most prestigious university departments in the social sciences, with an entire chapter exploring Talcott Parsons and the Harvard social relations program and another on Walt Rostow and the attempt to rationalize foreign aid/foreign policy at MIT.
Gilman thus supplies the background and context for the nation's 'generous' Third World programs during the period of competition with the Soviet Union-and the same for our most grievous postwar blunder, the notion that our power and good intentions could save the South Vietnamese from poverty, themselves, and the post-colonialists to the north. 'N
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