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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


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reviewed Leave Open Switzerland's political isolation after World War II
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reviewed Leave Open Who was the Ottoman who started as a slave boy and eventually became Grand Vizier by the time he was 80?
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reviewed Leave Open Did James Monroe and James Madison ever disagree?
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accepted Why were troops with bayonets often effective against enemy cavalry even though the bayonet was a “secondary” weapon?
Nov
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comment Switzerland's political isolation after World War II
@LennartRegebro: "Since its founding, Switzerland has been somewhat isolated from the rest of Europe." That's basically by design. I don't consider it a problem though. At some times, it's even an advantage. The point I was trying to make is that Switzerland now appears to be headed back toward the status quo ante (WWII).
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awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
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accepted Did the French Revolution help produce French military “elan?”
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asked Did the French Revolution help produce French military “elan?”
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answered Did Andrew Jackson kill Dickinson fairly according to the customs of duels at the time?
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awarded  Good Answer
Nov
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revised Did James Monroe and James Madison ever disagree?
Expanded question to encompass historical record.
Nov
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answered What were French actions against Germany during September 1939?
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accepted Did the Germans lose the U-Boat war in World war II because of a shortage of quality, rather than quantity?
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accepted Has history mistreated Nero?
Nov
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revised Inquiry into the nature and roots of the temporal power of the Roman Catholic Pope:
added link.
Nov
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answered How did the Dutch East India Company (VOC) have so much revenue when they only control small part of Indonesia?
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comment How did Castro gain control over the Cuban military and police?
@Yannis Rizos: As I understood it, the rank and file of the Cuban army was pro Castro, or at least not pro Batista, so once Castro removed a few of the top officers, the army was his. And in "reconstituting" it, he would naturally pick the most favorable elements.
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comment How did Castro gain control over the Cuban military and police?
@LennartRegebro: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fidel_Castro Second sentence or so, "He served as commander in chief of the armed forces." This was right after the civil war, so he had just merged Batista's army with his own. Under the section "Batista's Fall," it talks about how a whole battalion deserted from Batista to him even though he had only 300 men. It's not easy reading for a non-native English speaker, and I "read between the lines" but those are my conclusions.
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comment How did Castro gain control over the Cuban military and police?
@LennartRegebro: See the link.
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answered How did Castro gain control over the Cuban military and police?