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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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