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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


Dec
2
comment What is the significance of “Flappers” in American history?
@PieterGeerkens: Here is the source for the "generational" alignment: amazon.com/Generations-History-Americas-Future-1584/dp/…. FDR was a member of what the book calls the "Missionary" Generation (which I call the "Rendezvous" in my own book). Born 1861-1882, it is the idealistic post (Civil) War generation that is most analogous to the Baby Boomers born after World War II. (Obama is arguably the new FDR.) The 19th Amendment (women's suffrage) was passed in 1920, and the daughters of these "Missionary" (or Rendezvous) women were the Flappers.
Dec
1
comment Was Casablanca a “safe” place for the Allies to hold a global conference in January, 1943?
London is "closer" to Berlin than Casablanca to Tunis as the crow flies. But guarded by a large anti-tank ditch aka the English Channel.
Dec
1
asked Was Casablanca a “safe” place for the Allies to hold a global conference in January, 1943?
Dec
1
reviewed Leave Open Switzerland's political isolation after World War II
Dec
1
reviewed Leave Open Who was the Ottoman who started as a slave boy and eventually became Grand Vizier by the time he was 80?
Dec
1
reviewed Leave Open Did James Monroe and James Madison ever disagree?
Nov
29
accepted Why were troops with bayonets often effective against enemy cavalry even though the bayonet was a “secondary” weapon?
Nov
29
comment Switzerland's political isolation after World War II
@LennartRegebro: "Since its founding, Switzerland has been somewhat isolated from the rest of Europe." That's basically by design. I don't consider it a problem though. At some times, it's even an advantage. The point I was trying to make is that Switzerland now appears to be headed back toward the status quo ante (WWII).
Nov
28
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
27
accepted Did the French Revolution help produce French military “elan?”
Nov
24
asked Did the French Revolution help produce French military “elan?”
Nov
23
answered Did Andrew Jackson kill Dickinson fairly according to the customs of duels at the time?
Nov
23
awarded  Good Answer
Nov
22
revised Did James Monroe and James Madison ever disagree?
Expanded question to encompass historical record.
Nov
21
answered What were French actions against Germany during September 1939?
Nov
20
accepted Did the Germans lose the U-Boat war in World war II because of a shortage of quality, rather than quantity?
Nov
19
accepted Has history mistreated Nero?
Nov
19
revised Inquiry into the nature and roots of the temporal power of the Roman Catholic Pope:
added link.
Nov
18
answered How did the Dutch East India Company (VOC) have so much revenue when they only control small part of Indonesia?
Nov
17
comment How did Castro gain control over the Cuban military and police?
@Yannis Rizos: As I understood it, the rank and file of the Cuban army was pro Castro, or at least not pro Batista, so once Castro removed a few of the top officers, the army was his. And in "reconstituting" it, he would naturally pick the most favorable elements.