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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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.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
5
comment Why did the Union army favor a “western” route to approaching Richmond during the American Civil War
I was going to ask the question, but maybe you know the answer: What caused the French to stiffen after the (1709) battle of Malpalquet? Was it the 20,000 casualties for the Allies vs. only 11,000 for the French, or was it because the Dutch suffered 5,000-6,000 of the Allied casualties.
Sep
4
comment Why did the Union army favor a “western” route to approaching Richmond during the American Civil War
@T.E.D.: Your theory sounds right to me. Go for it.
Sep
4
asked Why did the Union army favor a “western” route to approaching Richmond during the American Civil War
Aug
30
comment Did Edward VIII's abdication follow constitutional procedures?
What constititutes "force." Did someone hold a gun to his head and say,"Abdicate, or else?" No. Did a bunch of people tell him, "England won't follow a king with a divorced wife?" Probably. A non-trivial question might be, "Did Edward VIII's abdication "follow established procedurs or was there a constitutional/legal way for him to keep his throne?
Aug
28
accepted How did Poland avoid partition in the 17th century, but not the 18th century?
Aug
27
comment Has the existence of a matriarchal society really been discredited?
I supposed there were the Amazons. But how fictitious were they?
Aug
26
comment Did Russia help India arm itself with nuclear weapons?
@MarkC.Wallace: You have helped me with edits before. Perhaps you can finish the job I started.
Aug
26
comment Did Russia help India arm itself with nuclear weapons?
I have recast the question as a yes-no question that can now be answered factually. Can it now be re-opened?
Aug
26
revised Did Russia help India arm itself with nuclear weapons?
Recast question into yes or no format that can be answered factually.
Aug
26
comment Are there any “general” historical theories about all the “cultural revolutions” in the mid-1960s?
@LennartRegebro: You've made a number of good points, but IMHO, they should be in the form of an answer, not comments. You ought to prove that the question is "wrong-viewed" (even if reasonble), not merely assert that it is.
Aug
26
revised Are there any “general” historical theories about all the “cultural revolutions” in the mid-1960s?
edited body
Aug
26
comment Are there any “general” historical theories about all the “cultural revolutions” in the mid-1960s?
@Vector: I tied the question to the civil rights movement. I did cite a source, Strauss and Howe (S &H), who have alleged that the post-war prosperity caused the civil rights movement (and a bunch of other things). The "place" of the civil rights movement is "commnon cause" with the others, not "cause and effect." You can disagree with S&H or make counterarguments against S& H. But I think it's unfair to say that a question based on their theory is "invalid" or to dismiss it as a "fallacy" without disproving it.
Aug
26
revised Are there any “general” historical theories about all the “cultural revolutions” in the mid-1960s?
added 559 characters in body
Aug
26
comment When did people start caring for the handicapped?
People have always "cared" for the handicapped (to a greater or lesser extent) so a non-trivial question is one of DEGREE. I added the reference to the ADA to set a particular "bar" or threshold.
Aug
26
revised When did people start caring for the handicapped?
Add example
Aug
26
comment Are there any “general” historical theories about all the “cultural revolutions” in the mid-1960s?
@Vector: The purpose of "going from extreme to extreme" was to present two endpoints or "goal posts." But maybe the best way to win is to "kick the ball through the middle."
Aug
25
awarded  Enlightened
Aug
25
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
24
comment Can we classify holocaust as Hitler's war time strategic mistake?
Downvote removed, based on disclaimer.
Aug
24
answered Why did the Germans wait until it was too late to reinstate their unrestricted submarine warfare in WWI?