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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


Nov
10
comment How and why did Polish rule over the Ukraine “downwardly deviate” from Lithuanian rule?
@LennartRegebro: Here is such as source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukraine. Second paragraph, under "Foreign Domination": "By 1569, the Union of Lublin formed the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, and a significant part of Ukrainian territory was transferred from Duchy of Lithuania to the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland, thus becoming Polish territory de jure."
Nov
8
asked How and why did Polish rule over the Ukraine “downwardly deviate” from Lithuanian rule?
Nov
7
accepted Why did the “Ruthenians” break up into “Belarusians” and “Ukrainians?”
Nov
7
awarded  Nice Question
Nov
6
comment Why pretend Elser, Thalmann & other dissidents had been killed in air raids?
Actually, the "miracle" almost occurred. In April 1945, America's General George Patton, no less, proposed to re-arm some 600,000 defeated, surrendered Germans, and join them in an attack to kick the Soviets back to Russia. He was overruled by Eisenhower and Truman, but the thought did cross (Allied) people's minds. While it didn't quite happen, it was by no means as far-fetched as it may have seemed.
Nov
6
revised Why did modern “Romania” remain the most “Roman” part of the Balkans?
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Nov
6
asked Why did modern “Romania” remain the most “Roman” part of the Balkans?
Nov
5
comment What was the significance of the Mississipi River on the Civil War and Westward Expansion?
I took out words like "snot" and "ridiculous" because they detracted from the question. Some teachers (and bosses) are actually "fishing" for ideas, and will accept valid counterproposals.
Nov
5
revised What was the significance of the Mississipi River on the Civil War and Westward Expansion?
Tightened question, removed ad hominem references.
Nov
5
revised What was the significance of the Mississipi River on the Civil War and Westward Expansion?
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Nov
5
answered What was the significance of the Mississipi River on the Civil War and Westward Expansion?
Nov
5
comment What was the social status of a man who failed the civil service exams in Imperial China ( 1200 - 1800 AD )?
@FelixGoldberg: Let's just say that your "street cred" takes a quantum jump when you pass, and if you fail, you get "points for trying" and maybe a 10% or 20% increment in prestige, but no "quantum jump." But "worst to first" (Boston Red Sox style), is for those who PASS.
Nov
5
answered What was the social status of a man who failed the civil service exams in Imperial China ( 1200 - 1800 AD )?
Nov
1
reviewed Reviewed Writing systems in South America?
Nov
1
comment Writing systems in South America?
Answers on this site should be (mostly) in English. If there is foreign-language text, it should be translated.
Nov
1
reviewed Leave Open Could invocation and revocation of bastardry be used to manipulate primogeniture?
Oct
29
revised Was Rome obliged to expand its territory whether it wanted to or not?
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Oct
28
comment Is that true that somebody was punished by the Catholic Church for believing that a fly had six feet?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is a better fit for Skeptics SE. (But it needs to meet certain documentation requirements for that site.
Oct
28
comment Was Rome obliged to expand its territory whether it wanted to or not?
@LateralFractal: The closest I can come to this is the quote from Cato the Elder of "Carthago delenda est." (Carthage should be destroyed.) It was a "hobbyhorse" with him and he ended every speech in the Senate with it. It reflected his sincere belief that this particular enemy, at least, needed to be beaten to the ground before Rome could be secure. See also my answer to this Mongol question history.stackexchange.com/questions/10572/… in which I attributed similar motives to the Mongols.
Oct
27
answered Why did Soviet Union economy grow fast in the 1950's-1960's?