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I would say that the German economic recovery was used more as a counterexample against the booming Soviet economy of the era.

While there might be some issues with whether the actual growth numbers were real, the Soviet economy was doing marketly better than the capitalist west during the Great Depression, something that had wide repercussions on views about the role of the state and on economic control.

by Trond Ove on Tue Aug 14th, 2007 at 05:28:01 PM EST
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I have read a lot of the USA economic literature of the 30s.  There is barely any mention of what was happening in USSR.  Of course, a LOT had to be happening--how else does one explain Magnetogorsk or those tanks and guns that won the battle of Kursk?

On the other hand, the German economy was studied extensively.  And much of it was on public display--i.e. air shows, auto races, etc.  Therefore, when folks discussed strategies for coping with the Depression, it was usually the German example that was used.

Thanks for your comment.  

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by techno (reply@elegant-technology.com) on Wed Aug 15th, 2007 at 12:40:00 PM EST
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Where did US economic literature get into the picture? I thought you were talking about Bergman and his middle class background.
by Trond Ove on Thu Aug 16th, 2007 at 08:31:20 AM EST
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