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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


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comment What went wrong with India's scientific development as a society?
@Jayraj: I would consider the battle of Plassey "lopsided." 40,000 vs. 1,700, and the 40,000 lost, in part because some of them were bribed by the 1,700.
Dec
12
reviewed Approve How did commoners in late medieval to early modern Europe learn to read?
Dec
12
reviewed Approve Why did Hitler declare war on the USA?
Dec
12
comment Did the civil wars of 17th century England facilitate an independent spirit in the American colonies?
@dwstein: OK, added another line to address your question: "And, by implication, England's internal troubles led to a loosening of her hold on the colonies." Earlier, I had answered perhaps "two-thirds" of your question, the part that read, "did that help to create a sense of independence that helped lead toward eventual separation from the mother country; as well as a sense of personal liberty that helped shape the American constitution?"
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revised Did the civil wars of 17th century England facilitate an independent spirit in the American colonies?
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answered Did the civil wars of 17th century England facilitate an independent spirit in the American colonies?
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accepted What was involved in “grounding arms?”
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Dec
9
revised Who were the pre-Celtic inhabitants of Western Europe?
Incorporated comment.
Dec
9
revised Iranian casualties during the first world war (1917-1919)?
Added link, and asked about the "topicality" of World War I to the famine.
Dec
6
comment Did the Weimar governments publish revelatory WWI documents?
These are points on which people can reasonably disagree. I'm glad you (and I) thought about it "both ways."
Dec
6
comment Did the Weimar governments publish revelatory WWI documents?
I would argue that Carthage had been defeated even before Zama. Otherwise, a very good summary.
Dec
5
comment How was the relation between the Ottoman Empire and Serbia, Greece, and Montenegro during the Second Balkan War?
This is fair comment!
Dec
5
comment Has there ever been a truly multi-sided war?
@LouisRhys: Not a bad example.
Dec
5
answered What impact did the Seven Years War have on the American Revolution?
Dec
4
reviewed Leave Open The first head/chief/leader/etc of the Federal Housing Administration?
Dec
3
revised What is the significance of “Flappers” in American history?
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