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Krastev I 83
Cold War/Krastev/Holmes: Though we are used to thinking of the Cold War as an economic and political
contest without direct military confrontation, the fall of the Berlin Wall revealed that when economic systems and expectations collapse people die just as inexorably as they do in a shooting war. Russia's social and economic indicators from the final decade of the last century resemble those of a country that had just lost a war.
In the early 1990s, in the immediate aftermath of the communist collapse, life expectancy in the forrner Soviet Union and Eastern Europe fell precipitously. It is estimated that in Russia alone, between 1989 and 1995, there were 1.3 to 1.7 million premature deaths. Average life expectancy plummeted from 70 in 1989 to 64 in 1995. The proximate causes included a significant increase in suicides and drug and alcohol abuse, which led to an epidemic of cardiovascular and liver diseases.(1) >Policy of Russia/Krastev.


1. Pia Malaney, 'Mortality Crisis Redux: The Economics of Despair', Institute for New Economic Thinking (27 March 2017); https://www.ineteconomics.org/ perspectives/blog/mortality-crisis-redux-the-economics-of-despair.


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The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

LawHolm I
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
The Common Law Mineola, NY 1991

Krastev I
Ivan Krastev
Stephen Holmes
The Light that Failed: A Reckoning London 2019


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