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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


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reviewed Leave Closed What is the current U.S. monetary standard?
Oct
21
reviewed Leave Closed How did Helen Keller understand English?
Oct
21
reviewed Leave Open Was slavery really on the way out in the antebellum USA?
Oct
21
reviewed Close Why did the assasination of Franz Ferdinand trigger WW1?
Oct
20
accepted What were General Johnston's options during the Atlanta campaign?
Oct
19
comment What were General Johnston's options during the Atlanta campaign?
@PieterGeerkens: Ok, fixed.
Oct
19
revised What were General Johnston's options during the Atlanta campaign?
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Oct
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comment What were General Johnston's options during the Atlanta campaign?
@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.
Oct
19
revised What were General Johnston's options during the Atlanta campaign?
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Oct
16
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.
Oct
15
reviewed Leave Closed What was the first time the '@' at sign was used to address an user?
Oct
15
reviewed Reopen When did people start caring for the handicapped?
Oct
15
reviewed Leave Open Why is Toledo not the capital of Spain anymore?
Oct
15
comment Capitalization of countries names in 1965
I consider this a "language" question, not a true history question.
Oct
15
reviewed Leave Open What is the current U.S. monetary standard?
Oct
14
comment Keynesian economics during his era
@MarkC.Wallace: I recommend the following book (which I read over thirty years ago). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Worldly_Philosophers The link also refers to problems sourcing the data, but this book is still somewhat "authoritative" in the field.
Oct
14
comment Why is Toledo not the capital of Spain anymore?
@Yair: Toledo was close to what was then the border of "Moorish" Spain to the south, which is to say that it was "unsafe." In the 12th century, the capital was moved NORTH to Valladolid (safer). In 1492, Ferdinand and Isabella (F&I)kicked the Moors out of Spain, meaning that Toledo (and Madrid) were once again "safe." But F&I may have kept the capital in Valladolid because that's where they got married. But their grandson, Philip II seemed to like the architecture in Madrid, and that's why he may have chosen Madrid over (nearby) Toledo.
Oct
13
answered What evidence is there that English Political divisions from the 1600s are replicated in American politics today?
Oct
13
comment What evidence is there that English Political divisions from the 1600s are replicated in American politics today?
The reason the above was true was because from 1860-about 1900, the Republican party (of Lincoln) was the "left" party, and the Democrat party was the "right" party. If you look at the colors of 1900 and now as being "left" and "right," the apparent reversal is explained. And 1976 (with southerner Jimmy Carter as the Democrat, was a "transition" election.
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