A Genealogy of the 1962 Coup
“Revolutionary” Egypt that functioned as the crucial tool, through an occupation regime that established structures tailored to force Yemen’s incorporation into the global economy. Informing the bureaucratic imprints of this attempt was the hegemonic doctrines of modernization. And yet, those efforts proved short-lived, and a failure. Through its ubiquitous presence in universities and deep infiltration into the new multi-lateral institutions charged with bringing change to the Global South, theories of modernization and the prescriptions for how to realize it became unquestioned (social) science. Reflecting the power of the postwar society which produced these theories, within a few years, modernization’s ideals and the various blueprints to realize them were applied by most international donor agencies and governments. Presented through various multi-lateral organizations and directly implemented by way of aid agencies, it can be observed that throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s, the actual discourse of modernization imposed a narrowed idea of what was both correct economic practice and necessary for the global economic order envisioned by the Bretton Woods agreements to take place
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