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Crucially, Dowie’s thesis does not acknowledge that hours were reduced to around 48 hours a week for industrial workers in most industrialized nations at this time so far——undermining any potential impact of reduced hours on industrial productivity relative to other nations.
这句话怎么理解?QAQ undermine是不是伴随状语修饰D's thesis? 然后relative to other nations的other nations是不是指除了英国以外的其他工业化国家?
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In 1919 Britain experienced its largest ever reduction in industrial  working hours, to 48 per week. In Dowie’s view the 48-hour week played a central  role in Britain’s poor economic performance during the 1920s. Dowie argued that  the reduction, together with rapid wage growth, drove up prices. However,  Greasly and Oxley found that the First World War (1914-1918) constituted a more  powerful negative macroeconomic shock to Britain’s competitiveness. And Scott  argues that Dowie’s thesis ignores considerable evidence that hourly  productivity improves when hours are reduced from a high base level. Crucially,  Dowie’s thesis does not acknowledge that hours were reduced to around 48 hours a  week for industrial workers in most industrialized nations at this time so  far—undermining any potential impact of reduced hours on industrial productivity  relative to other nations.

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