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Business School Professor, 1955–1960

Bruce L. R. Smith

in Lincoln Gordon

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print April 2015 | ISBN: 9780813156552
Published online January 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780813165455 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813156552.003.0012
Business School Professor, 1955–1960

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Gordon is persuaded by British efforts in the Colombo Plan and the Commonwealth nations and in discussions with his friend Richard Bissell that the most important future policy initiatives for the US will be in the Third World. Economic recovery and security arrangements in Western Europe offered the prospect of stability, but Cold War tensions would now gravitate to the Third World. Gordon returns to the Harvard Business School with a new chair in international economic relations and begins to shift his intellectual interests to the problems of economic underdevelopment in Latin America. He sponsors large conferences on Latin America, coauthors a book on investment activity in Brazil, and gains a modest reputation (undeserved, he thinks) as a budding scholar on Latin America. Gordon respects the work of cultural historians on Latin American development but considers the work on politics and economics to be in need an infusion of new talent and new thinking. Like others holding to the New Frontier style of thought, he considers the Eisenhower administration’s Latin America policy (until its last stages) to be backward, unimaginative, and too reliant on market forces under the influence of Treasury Secretary George Humphrey.

Keywords: Cold War; Harvard University; Latin America; New Frontier

Chapter.  4585 words. 

Subjects: Political History

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