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I took a double major in Economics and History in college in the 1970s. My "sweet spot" probably lies at the intersection of those two subjects. For instance, "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes" was really an "economic" admonition--to conserve ammunition.

I am the published author of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


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comment How important were “columnar” strategies in Japan's invasion of China?
@Oldcat: I'm not sure about that. In the Civil War, the North followed the "columnar" strategy of dividing the Confederacy east and west using the Mississippi River as an "artery." A division of China north and south along the Yangtze might fulfill the same purpose. Japan is outnumbered four to one by China, can't expect to hold everything.
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@PieterGeerkens: Militarily, you are correct. But I referred to "a major turning point" because of political reasons. There was a fear that a successful defense of Atlanta would cause the defeat of President Lincoln in the polls, and possibly a reversal of his policies.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlanta_Campaign "The capture of Atlanta made an enormous contribution to Northern morale and was an important factor in the re-election of President Abraham Lincoln." Basically, the South's best hope at this point was for a "Frederician" miracle.
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comment Why was there no solution found to Soviet famines and near-famines?
I recommend "Harvest of Sorrow," by Robert Conquest, the severely reduced the number of Ukrainians.