Appendix I

How Peter Cut the Rye
(Russia, Third grade, 1929)

Mother had heated up the stove before it was light. She let out the cow and they all went into the field to cut rye. They stopped at the edge of the rye, but Father did not immediately unharness the horse. He took his scythe, tightened the blade, and began to cut rye from the furrows. Peter asked, "Why are you cutting, Father?"

"So that I can put the horse and the wagon in the enclosure."

"Well, let them stand at the edge of the rye. It's better there."

"They can't stand at the edge of the rye. People are going to ride by and they'll knock against the wagon."

Father spoke the truth. He had scarcely finished cutting and he was holding the horse when he looked and along this part of the edge of the rye came Bob's father with his family. Father untied the girth rope around the horse while Peter held the reins. Mother and Mary bound up the rye which had been cut in sheaves. Then, when they had gathered up everything, they all took to cutting and cut until mealtime. After the meal they went to sleep. Peter did not wish to sleep. He looked and there was Bob running along the edge of the rye towards him. He approached and asked quietly, "Do you know how to mow yourself?"

"No," he said, "and do you know?"

"Oh, what a thing to say! A long time ago I learned," said Bob.

Peter became sad because Bob had something to boast about. "Oh, you also don't know how. You're only talking."

"Well, come on. I'll show you."

They went to their wagon. He quietly took the scythe so that no one would hear him. "Well, come on to the other end of the field. If they hear what's going on they'll scold me." They went to another edge of rye.

"Here, now. Watch." Bob began to mow. It was quite true. He knew how. The rye fell nicely in rows and the rows were just as wide as Peter's father's.

"O.K. Give it to me. I'll try," said Peter. Bob wouldn't give the scythe to Peter. "Take your own. You'll break mine and you know what my father will give me then."

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  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xiii
  • 1 - Explaining Economic Growth 1
  • 2 - The Achievement Motive: How it is Measured and Its Possible Economic Effects 36
  • 3 - Achieving Societies in the Modern World 63
  • 4 - Achieving Societies in the Past 107
  • 5 - Other Psychological Factors in Economic Development 159
  • 6 - Entrepreneurial Behavior 205
  • 7 - Characteristics of Entrepreneurs 259
  • 8 - The Spirit of Hermes 301
  • 9 - Sources of N Achievement 336
  • 10 - Accelerating Economic Growth 391
  • References 439
  • Appendices 451
  • Appendix I 453
  • Appendix II 461
  • Appendix III 464
  • Appendix IV 475
  • Appendix V 488
  • Appendix VI 492
  • Appendix VII 494
  • List of Tables 499
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