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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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.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
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accepted Where, exactly, was the “Sudetenland?”
Sep
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revised Where, exactly, was the “Sudetenland?”
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Sep
16
asked Where, exactly, was the “Sudetenland?”
Sep
16
comment How/why did Plzeň become the “armourer” for Austria-Hungary?
To Mark C. Wallace's "prior comment." there were trivial exports from the Skoda Works, and trivial imports from elsewhere. But the key point was that by accident (or design) the Skoda Works' capacity closely matched Austria-Hungary's needs, hence no need for a second plant. That comment contained the answer (and should not have been removed).
Sep
16
comment How/why did Plzeň become the “armourer” for Austria-Hungary?
@MarkC.Wallace: I'm planning a follow up question on some underlying issues, which (hopefull) will be "very interesting."
Sep
16
comment How/why did Plzeň become the “armourer” for Austria-Hungary?
A good (upvoted) answer. Certainly explains why they built at that site. But the implicit question is, "weren't the above conditions present elsewhere in the Austro-Hungarian empire that would have caused them to build a second site?
Sep
16
comment How/why did Plzeň become the “armourer” for Austria-Hungary?
@YannisRizos:OK, changed Sudetenland to Plzeň in title.
Sep
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revised How/why did Plzeň become the “armourer” for Austria-Hungary?
Changed Sudenten to Plzeň
Sep
15
asked How/why did Plzeň become the “armourer” for Austria-Hungary?
Sep
15
comment Why is Christopher Columbus credited for “discovering” America?
@user357320: But he didn't go back home to his sovereign and report," I found you a continent." Columbus did so, although he mistook it for "India."
Sep
15
comment Are there any “general” historical theories about all the “cultural revolutions” in the mid-1960s?
@Vector: I just noticed something. Your most critical comments are when I go on my "Strauss and Howe" kick. (You seem to be less critical about my other work.) Maybe I should lighten up on using them in the future. Thanks for your feedback.
Sep
15
comment Organized and intentional suicide attacks during military conflicts
@EugeneSeidel: Thank you for your consideration. We can continue to "agree to disagree."
Sep
15
comment Organized and intentional suicide attacks during military conflicts
@EugeneSeidel: I have removed the Washington reference. All (remaining) paragraphs now have references. I maintain that Masada is "topical" because "suicide" was an essential element of the Israeli strategy, even if "attack" wasn't. More to the point, the mass suicide was an "attack" on the annals of history, probably making it better remembered than e.g. a Japanese Banzai attack might be.
Sep
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revised Organized and intentional suicide attacks during military conflicts
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Sep
15
comment Are there any “general” historical theories about all the “cultural revolutions” in the mid-1960s?
@Vector: My "business IS writing books about grand theories." Here's the book: amazon.com/Modern-Approach-Graham-Investing-Finance/dp/… And Chapter 20 "Generational Cycles in the American Stock Market" discusses Strauss and Howe's theory as they relate to the (U.S.) stock market.
Sep
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revised Organized and intentional suicide attacks during military conflicts
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Sep
12
comment Are Shi’i imams really directly related to the Prophet Muhammad?
I have (hopefully) clarified the question and voted to reopen it in its present form.
Sep
12
revised Are Shi’i imams really directly related to the Prophet Muhammad?
Clarified question
Sep
12
comment How good were Confederate resupply capabilities during the Gettysburg campaign?
The Union army had held its own the day before in the hand-to-hand fighting around Devils Den. And on Little Round Top, the UNION won the day with a bayonet charge, as depicted in the Killer Angels. On all days, the Confederates were charging uphill. So there was no guarantee of a Confederate victory with a bayonet fight, only a lesser certainty of defeat than against superior Union firepower.
Sep
12
comment When did the parole of prisoners of war become unacceptable?
@Nigel Harper: But the Napoleonic Wars and World War I were basically too large scale to make paroles a viable option GENERALLY. The Boer war was a "step back" in scale, more like the American Revolution. And the British had enough Boers with them to identify the rebellious ones, same as in the American Revolution