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Thinking the Twentieth Century. TJudt & TSnyder (2013) (p. 356)

July 4, 2013

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“More broadly, the failure of Soviet planning discredited West European endeavors in the eyes of a new generation of critics. This was the case despite the absence of any historical or logical relationship between the two, and even though west European forms of planning were intended to be, and were, the antidote to communist politics. The interwar myth of Soviet planning success was replaced in the course of the 1970s and ’80s by a universally accepted account of socialist planning as utter failure. The implications of this inversion were significant: the failure and the collapse of the Soviet Union undermined not just communism, but a whole progressive narrative of advance and collectivization, in which Soviet planning and western planning were presumptively integrated, at least in the eyes of their admirers.”

[op. cit., p. 356]

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