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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


Sep
26
answered Organisation of mercenaries
Sep
26
comment What factors enabled Europe to conquer almost the whole world?
@Stefan:The industrial revolution (of the 19th century) happened in Europe, and absent the internet and other modern communications, did not quickly spread to most other parts of the world (except the U.S). The Europeans had "first dibs" on modern industry, just like the Mongolians had "first dibs" on the best (Siberia-trained) cavalrymen, and the (mountain-bound) Greeks on phalanxes. You do what you do best.
Sep
25
comment Have there been any notable people that have claimed that classism and not racism is the current cause of racial inequality?
@Vector: The answer to the question lies in my claim that "outside" perceptions of a race improves when perceptions of the class of people occupied by that race improves. And that "class" is a function not only of what happens in the United States, but abroad. Think of French wine. And I know Jews who will say that favorable perceptions of the state of Israel has improved perceptions of them.
Sep
22
revised What exactly is the concept (or main idea) of “The White Man's Burden” in Imperialism?
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Sep
21
revised What exactly is the concept (or main idea) of “The White Man's Burden” in Imperialism?
cited poem
Sep
21
comment What exactly is the concept (or main idea) of “The White Man's Burden” in Imperialism?
@EugeneSeidel: "It is bizarre to answer the question without referring to the poem." (!) IMHO. (See my meta question.) meta.history.stackexchange.com/questions/764/…
Sep
21
comment What exactly is the concept (or main idea) of “The White Man's Burden” in Imperialism?
@Vector: If the question isn't about the poem, it should be about the poem, IMHO. The reason is that "the white man's burden" is in quotes, and is obviously derived from the poem. The OP hasn't made much of a case otherwise (and it's not much of a question without the poem). I almost inserted a link to the poem into the question but decided to "lead by example." I'll even delete the answer if you and Lennart think that I should answer the question that was asked, rather than the (implicit) question that should have been asked. But it's hard for me to change/improve my answer.
Sep
20
comment Why did the “Ruthenians” break up into “Belarusians” and “Ukrainians?”
OK, so the Belarussians and Ukrainians were not necessarily natural allies against the Russians. And while they may have had a few things in common, it seems like the attractive forces were no stronger, and possibly weaker, than the repulsive forces.
Sep
20
revised How much of the success of the Soviet forces in WWII can be attributed to the modernization efforts enacted by the Soviet/Bolshevik leadership?
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Sep
20
answered What exactly is the concept (or main idea) of “The White Man's Burden” in Imperialism?
Sep
20
answered How/why did Plzeň become the “armourer” for Austria-Hungary?
Sep
20
comment How/why did Plzeň become the “armourer” for Austria-Hungary?
One important consideration was that this project was undertaken at the initiative of Mr. Skoda, who put forth his terms. It's NOT like the Austro-Hungarian government put out an RFP ((Request for proposal) and said, "let's take the top two."
Sep
20
comment How/why did Plzeň become the “armourer” for Austria-Hungary?
I edited the question for clarity.
Sep
20
revised How/why did Plzeň become the “armourer” for Austria-Hungary?
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Sep
20
comment Why did the “Ruthenians” break up into “Belarusians” and “Ukrainians?”
@FelixGoldberg: I fixed at least some of these issues by defining them better. Belarussian and Ukrainian were the two largest "Ruthenian"-speaking groups. They shared common governments for most of the past millenium. If they weren't "a meaningful category for, say, the 18th century onwards," when and why did they stop being meaningful earlier?
Sep
20
revised Why did the “Ruthenians” break up into “Belarusians” and “Ukrainians?”
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Sep
20
comment Why did the “Ruthenians” break up into “Belarusians” and “Ukrainians?”
@FelixGoldberg: Do you mean, unlike "Why did the South try to leave the Union?" there is no clear reason that the historians can put their finger on?
Sep
19
comment Were there ever actual organizations of pirates?
"Skull and crossbones," "Jolly Roger, "Walk the plank," "orgy," is that not sufficient?
Sep
19
comment Were there ever actual organizations of pirates?
@T.E.D.: I took up your challenge on September 19, 2013.
Sep
19
answered Were there ever actual organizations of pirates?