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Cait Bold INTS 210 Reading Journal 5 October 4, 2011 In his “Stages of Economic Growth”, Rostow elaborates on his rank system for describing the level of “development” in any given country. The first stage, the “traditional society”, operates on “Pre-Newtonian” ideas of science, technology, and respect towards the natural world. Lack of technological advances during this stage creates a ceiling on potential production, which can only be alleviated as a society moves into the second stage. This stage, “preconditions for take-off”, is characterized by a consolidation of power into a strongly governed and centralized nation state that puts more emphasis on the necessity of economic advancement. These themes of growth and advancement carry on into the third stage, “take-off”, as technological advancements and industrial expansion become rampant. The “drive to maturity”, or fourth stage, occurs
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