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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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.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
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comment Changing troops in first line during battle
@Steven Drennon: I have hopefully clarified the question and wonder if it can be reopened in its current form.
Dec
14
revised Changing troops in first line during battle
Clarified the question by editing a shorter, "rolled back" version.
Dec
14
awarded  Cleanup
Dec
14
revised Changing troops in first line during battle
rolled back to a previous revision
Dec
14
comment What went on during multi-year sieges?
Most sieges did not last for more than a year. The conventional wisdom in the Middle Ages was that if a city could hold out a year, it would win. Carthage, Masada and a few others were the exceptions to the rule.
Dec
14
answered How were the modern countries in South America formed?
Dec
13
answered Why did Germany not colonise much?
Dec
13
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?"
Dec
12
revised Did the civil wars of 17th century England facilitate an independent spirit in the American colonies?
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Dec
10
revised Did the civil wars of 17th century England facilitate an independent spirit in the American colonies?
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Dec
10
answered Did the civil wars of 17th century England facilitate an independent spirit in the American colonies?
Dec
10
accepted What was involved in “grounding arms?”
Dec
9
awarded  Notable Question
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.