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The Soviet economy was such a mess that regular infusions of new technology and capital from the West were necessary to avoid total economic meltdown.
Germany's Augsburg played a key role in the rise of the modern marketplace in Europe.
Legal SystemWorld History
Despite harsh penalties for drug dealers, China's numbers on drug use are not significantly different from those in the US.
War and Foreign PolicyWorld History
Liberalism, freedom, and free markets were far less important in Latin American independence movements than in the fledgling United States.
While the Chinese state is moving more toward autocratic rule, the importance of fighting for economic freedom remains as important as ever.
Decentralization and SecessionStrategyU.S. HistoryWorld History
Can political arrangements be dissolved peacefully? Legally? At the ballot box? By any mechanism short of outright violence and civil war?
Media and CultureWorld History
Markets and trade offer far more benefit for ordinary people than participation in the state's wars.
For Shakespeare, the story of the Roman Republic is a tragedy. Like one of its heroes, the Republic was eventually destroyed by its own success.
Big GovernmentWorld History
World HistoryPhilosophy and Methodology