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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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.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 Reopen When did people start caring for the handicapped?
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reviewed Leave Open Why is Toledo not the capital of Spain anymore?
Oct
15
reviewed Close Norse Gods origins?
Oct
15
comment Capitalization of countries names in 1965
I consider this a "language" question, not a true history question.
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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?
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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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revised Why is Toledo not the capital of Spain anymore?
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answered Why is Toledo not the capital of Spain anymore?
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comment Did Marie Leszczyńska, queen of France, have any lovers?
@DarekWędrychowski: Unfortunately, I have a recollection of Marie Antoinette being the "fix" paid to France for not interfering in the first partition of Poland, something that Poles should take note of (if true, or even plausible.
Oct
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answered Keynesian economics during his era
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revised Were the (early 17th C) arrivers/colonists to North America (USA) outcasts from European societies?
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answered Why was Anne of Austria so called?
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revised What was the foreign policy of 1791 France?
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revised What is the current U.S. monetary standard?
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Oct
13
comment How much firepower did the British navy represent in 1940?
@LateralFractal: Fair enough. But it's comforting to know that the British navy had "50" divisions of artillery. As a practical matter, I would expect most of the navy to be destroyed interdicting the beachhead, and 20-25 divisions worth after the "mutually assured destruction" to help clean up what German infantry was left ashore.
Oct
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comment How much firepower did the British navy represent in 1940?
Upvoted. Even though your answer was "incomplete," it was hugely helpful in constructing my own answer.
Oct
12
answered How much firepower did the British navy represent in 1940?