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revised Did the poor performance of the Red Army in the Winter War significantly contribute to German underestimation of the USSR's military capacity?
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revised Were China's problems in the past two centuries due to “missing out” on the industrial age?
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answered Were China's problems in the past two centuries due to “missing out” on the industrial age?
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comment Are there ways to measure “how much power did ”Russia“ lose when the Soviet Union broke up?”
@DVK As the originators of the GDI idea described, the goal was actually to make the USSR to spend more than the US so to undermine their economy. They were well aware they will not eliminate MAD.
Mar
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comment Kazakhstan and anti-capitalism in the 1990s
Any references to the sentiment? Any indication that there was any special sentiment in Kazakhstan compared to other post-Soviet states?
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revised Are there ways to measure “how much power did ”Russia“ lose when the Soviet Union broke up?”
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revised Are there ways to measure “how much power did ”Russia“ lose when the Soviet Union broke up?”
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revised Are there ways to measure “how much power did ”Russia“ lose when the Soviet Union broke up?”
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revised What were the reasons for the Renaissance / scientific revolution in Europe?
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comment How was the United States able to produce excellent tanks in 1942?
"inferior to the better, heavier, German Tiger and Panther tanks, (not to mention the Russian T-34)" - possibly this sentence should have opposite order "inferior to T-34 not to mention Panther and Tiger". T-34 was a medium tank. Panther and Tiger were heavy tanks. T-34 was much inferior to Panther and Tiger (although also much cheaper).
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revised Are there ways to measure “how much power did ”Russia“ lose when the Soviet Union broke up?”
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answered Are there ways to measure “how much power did ”Russia“ lose when the Soviet Union broke up?”
Mar
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comment Did Gorbachev say that his intention was to destroy Communism?
@jwenting it is asking, not postulating what you said.
Mar
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revised Did Gorbachev say that his intention was to destroy Communism?
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comment Did Gorbachev say that his intention was to destroy Communism?
@Darek Wędrychowski I am speaking not only about Gorbachev himself, but about attitude to Perestroika in general. There were many politicians who advocated Perestroika and were thus supported by the voters. My impression is that the general attitude to Perestroika was positive till the early 1990s. It was supported among others by old party members who would not abandon ideas of Communism in any case. But they were disoriented by the state propaganda which was hiding the true nature of perestroika. And regarding Gorbachev, he became "president" after being elected by a new body "congress".
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comment Did Gorbachev say that his intention was to destroy Communism?
@Darek Wędrychowski I also remember other slogans from the epoch - that is "restoration of the workers' self-govenment" and "factories to the workers" (euphemisms for privatization), "all power to the Soviets" (a re-use of the Leninist slogan from 1917, now used as an euphemism for removal CPSU from the power). Market economy was advertised as a return to Leninist NEP which allegedly was stoped by Stalin against Lenin's will, etc.
Mar
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comment Did Gorbachev say that his intention was to destroy Communism?
@Darek Wędrychowski those who supported Perestroika because it was advertised as "return to Leninist principles" and as a "left" change. Up to the mid-1990s nobody admitted that they want to restore Capitalism. Various euphemisms were introduced. If somebody admitted it in 1980s he would be very unpopular.
Mar
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asked Did Gorbachev say that his intention was to destroy Communism?