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comment Economic effects of the Cuban Revolution
Lennart, a fairer comparison would be with other Latin American or Caribbean nations if you have any figures; e.g. Venezuela or Jamaica. Italy, as a developed European state with industry and infrastructure to match had a much greater potential to grow from 1948 onwards than Cuba did, and would have done so under any sane economic system. What is more, compared with - say - Jamaica, which has had no revolution or US embargo, Cuba has higher GDP per capita, suggesting there's a lot more going on than "planned economy = bad".
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comment Economic effects of the Cuban Revolution
I am suspicious of ideological bias here, due to comments like: "has been wholly negative", and the singleminded focus on GDP where ihtkwot's answer takes a broader view of the economy.
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answered Did Akhenaten's religion influence early Judaism?
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comment Why did Charles V divide his holdings as he did?
This all sounds very sound - I would add that in an age when the monarch is personally responsible for a lot, and communications are slow, Charles V's full holdings were unmanageably huge to be ruled by one man. If he had tried, much more than just the Netherlands would probably have been lost to Hapsburg rule.
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comment Why is King Henry V regarded as such a great King?
But of course many of the prisoners held by the English at that point in the battle were nobles, and many more were men at arms - well trained, well equipped, valuable soldiers, often with a personal loyalty to their noblemen. This is by no means the same as a slaughter of random peasants in medieval eyes; and despite the lack of a formal law of war, I would suggest that public slaughters of some other noble's peasants were still frowned upon!
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comment Emigration restrictions in history
I'll have a look - unfortunately that's purely from memory of studying it at A-level, so it may take some hunting
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answered Did archers synchronize fire? Why?
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comment To what can we trace the idea of “civic responsibility”?
The earliest example in my personal knowledge is the ancient Greek "polis", but there may well be earlier examples of civic responsibility.
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answered What precipitated the rise of social safety nets in the United States?
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answered Did emperor Kangxi indirectly contribute to China's massive population and subsequent problem?
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answered Emigration restrictions in history
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answered Was the French philosopher Pierre Bayle a Calvinist believer or an atheist?