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Here’s the context:

“In England’s residential nurseries in the 1960s, there was a reasonable number of caregivers, and the children were materially well provided for. Their IQs, though lower than those of children in families, were well within the average range, up in the 90s,” Zeanah told me. “More recently, the caregiver-child ratio in Greek orphanages was not as good, nor were they as materially well equipped.

Usually "more recently" implies a comparison between two recent events but here we are talking about something that happened more than half a century ago so I wonder if "more recently" just means "recently here. Thanks!

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    more recently = later than the 1960s (in a context where there's some meaningful connection between all three of the 1960s, that later time, and now / time of utterance. Without the word more, there would be no implied reference to the 1960s, so it couldn't mean later than the 1960s - it would have to mean a little while ago / shortly before now. – FumbleFingers Jun 26 '20 at 13:15
  • @FumbleFingers - thank you for the comment! For the benefit of the community it would be nice to convert it into an answer! – CowperKettle Jan 2 at 9:57
  • The meaning of "recently" can vary considerably based on context. Talking about your social life it might mean "last weekend" but to a historian it might mean in the last 100 years. – Stuart F Mar 18 at 12:52
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More recently means more recent than the 1960s.

If it just said recently, there wouldn't be any reference to the 1960s.

But since the 1960s had already passed when this was originally published, everything is more recent than the 1960s, so it really wouldn't make a difference either way.

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