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The Stages of Economic Growth

The Stages of Economic Growth

By W. W. Rostow

Cambridge University Press, 1960, 178 pp.

This extended essay by a leading economic historian seeks to establish a pattern for economic growth on a scale equivalent to, though quite different from, Marx's massive model. The listing of his key concepts--traditional society, the "take-off," the drive to maturity, and the stage of high mass-consumption--cannot do justice to the wealth of insight or analytical ability contained in this important contribution to our understanding of social change.