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Cиловой потенциал и формы рационального поведения (опыт экономики истории)

The article examines the relationship between power resource and rational behavior in history. It is shown that personal interest is expressed in socially useful economic activities of individuals only if they had no adequate power potential. This general principle is illustrated by examples of Russian medieval history that are associated with the specifics of the trade route «from the Varangians to the Greeks», with land ownership and changing social structure. Further the thesis of the strengthening of the connection between economy and power potential that helps to explain changes in the distribution of power, institutions and economic growth in the Western world in Modern history is elaborated and illustrated. Moreover, the author describes the social dynamics in situations when low social classes expand at social bottoms and, using their monopoly there, exalt.