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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


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answered Was the Bosnian Crisis the trigger to WWI and not the assassination?
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revised Why did Soviet Union economy grow fast in the 1950's-1960's?
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comment Did Churchill and Roosevelt know about the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, or the following secret pacts between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union?
@FelixGoldberg: The Poles were the victims, so others were reluctant to tell them. When one spouse is "running around" on the other, it's not uncommon for all the mutual friends to find out before the wronged spouse.
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revised Which nations have armed prisoners and sent them to war?
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comment Why did email use develop in tandem with the internet, rather than other technologies?
@Semaphore: That's a key point, one that I had entirely overlooked. Why don't you put it in an answer?
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revised Why did email use develop in tandem with the internet, rather than other technologies?
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comment Why did email use develop in tandem with the internet, rather than other technologies?
@MarkC.Wallace: I edited the first paragraph to say, keyboard to cartridge, to telex machine, to modem, to (telex) terminal.
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comment Why did email use develop in tandem with the internet, rather than other technologies?
Brilliant answer. Maybe you'd like to take a crack at the other question I asked on user experience, the gist of which was why didn't phone companies create new lines for new applications? ux.stackexchange.com/questions/55765/…
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asked Why did email use develop in tandem with the internet, rather than other technologies?
Jun
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comment How many people in the US starved to death during the Great Depression?
I wouldn't believe that Russian source. They have an axe to grind.
Jun
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reviewed Leave Open Why bother attacking castles at all? Why not go around?
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comment Why bother attacking castles at all? Why not go around?
@andy256: Enemey armies are accompanied by enemy leaders. It's a rare (and foolish) leader that's not with his strongest army. One advantage of a siege is that the enemy leader is isolated and can't communicate with the relief forces; as the Romans and Gauls found out at Alesia.
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answered Why didn't Germany attack US ports with U-boats during WW II?