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reviewed Close Did Socrates earn money (get paid) for philosophy?
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reviewed Leave Closed How can the impact of moving the Brazilian capital be analyzed?
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reviewed Excellent Why did Native Americans die from European diseases while Europeans didn't catch serious diseases from the New World?
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reviewed Excellent When was the “New Kingdom” of Egypt first called that?
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reviewed Excellent What was the mortality rate of Gladiators?
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reviewed Excellent The monumental/architectural sculptures of Petra - has there been any research on the likely craftsmen who executed them?
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reviewed Needs Improvement How big a factor was the failing economy to the downfall of the Roman Empire?
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reviewed Excellent Can anyone identify this warship?
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reviewed Satisfactory Did the Yuan Dynasty ever occupy Hainan?
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reviewed Satisfactory What killed Takeda Shingen?
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reviewed Needs Improvement Was Islam really responsible for the Italian Renaissance?
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reviewed Excellent Why did Abraham Lincoln choose Andrew Johnson as a vice presidential running mate?
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revised Identify this two mast one funnel side paddle-steamer boat circa 1900
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revised Cattle handling in the 19th century
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reviewed Close What were the effective dates of this 1968 Delaware law and this 1967 Nevada law?
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reviewed Leave Closed Looking for a people where the “traditional” gender roles are shifted
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comment Why did the Soviet Union's economy grow fast in the 1950's-1960's?
1914 Russian Empire is often used as a base rate to construct "illusory" growth. Given the different ruling class investment and consumption preferences, the radical changes in consumption, I'm not sure what a good relativity is though. Accurate coal tonnage produced and imported might be a relevant one? More trustworthy than the money-as-capital price series inside the Soviet Union.
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comment Why did the Soviet Union's economy grow fast in the 1950's-1960's?
+1. I really doubt the claim about relative economic freedom. Gosplan still existed, and after 1957 the plans became less disconnected from reality. "Labour productivity" as bizarre as it may sound to some is more likely (Haraszti, A Worker in a Worker's State), largely in the erosion of secondary benefits for workers leading to more hours exerted towards plan. Combine this with the capital stock of 1914 finally being modernised by replacement and the growth is explicable. Between 1929 and 1945 "economic freedom" existed through universal management perogative, unbound by plan.