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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


Nov
19
revised Did the Torch operation help doom the Germans at Stalingrad?
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Nov
19
asked Did the Torch operation help doom the Germans at Stalingrad?
Nov
19
comment Throughout history, how many wars have there been between Russia and Japan?
@Oldcat: I'd say one "full scale" war plus "smaller scale conflicts," including Nominhan, and 1945. I qualified 1945 by saying "until Germany was defeated." Russia's "excuse" was that Japan wouldn't surrender to the Allies and that she was "piling on." But she stopped when everyone else did.
Nov
19
comment What was the role of U.S. involvement in World War II?
@Oldcat: The Soviet Union outproduced Germamy 2 to 1 in weaponry with 2/3 the industrial capacity. But one reason was the large amount of Lend Lease RAW materials (aluminum, oil, cotton), rather than weaponry.
Nov
18
reviewed Close Africas' rulers, how do they rate against the largest empires, to date?
Nov
15
comment Why were Soviets so extremely effective snipers in WW2?
@LateralFractal: Your point ties in with my point 4, "urban settings."
Nov
15
comment Why were Soviets so extremely effective snipers in WW2?
@CsBalazsHungary: General Chuikov made this point in "The Battle For Stalingrad."
Nov
14
answered Why were Soviets so extremely effective snipers in WW2?
Nov
14
revised What was unreasonable about Austria's ultimatum to Serbia?
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Nov
14
comment What was unreasonable about Austria's ultimatum to Serbia?
@Matthaeus: Technically, you're right, but that comes dangerously close to violating Serbia's sovereignty. Note my discussion of Articles 4 and 5, whereby Serbia agreed to "enforcement" by international standards, but not Austrian standards.
Nov
14
revised What was unreasonable about Austria's ultimatum to Serbia?
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14
answered What was unreasonable about Austria's ultimatum to Serbia?
Nov
12
comment Did Andrew Jackson kill Dickinson fairly according to the customs of duels at the time?
@twosheds: Jackson was a much older man, who "out" for the blood of the younger Dickinson for insulting his wife. I won't incur Jackson's wrath by repeating what Dickinson said, except that it alluded to the fact that wife was not well thought of in "society."
Nov
12
revised Why were rockets not popular as part of artillery until 20th century?
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Nov
12
comment Why were rockets not popular as part of artillery until 20th century?
@vsz: That's true. Even so, their accuracy is somewhat limited. That's why I used the example of "Chinese" ICBM's, which are quite a bit less accurate than ours. But in any event, rockets have been less accurate than artillery in both the 19th and 20th centuries (per the OP's question). If you want to talk about the 21st, that's a different story.
Nov
12
answered Why were rockets not popular as part of artillery until 20th century?
Nov
12
comment In Civil War Reenactments why do people walk across the battlefield
@Oldcat: OK, fair enough. But they don't get killed, only pretend to.
Nov
11
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Were the Medieval Britons aware of the existence of the Roman Empire?
Nov
11
reviewed Close Pennsylvania is not a state, it is a Commonwealth. Why?
Nov
11
comment To what extent was Prohibition supported by the American public?
From what I understand, under Prohibition, it was not illegal to drink alcohol, only to ship and sell it. The rural population could produce "moonshine" at home, and supported keeping "imported" alcohol out of the hands of the urbanites.