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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


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?
Aug
20
awarded  19th-century
Aug
19
comment Why China was able to unify and not Europe
@MichaelF: I would say that Tibet is part of "non-core, occupied" China, but the fact the Fujian and Shanghai are "similar" (enough) made for a united China (at the core).
Aug
18
comment What are examples of official documents or speeches composed in verse?
In Imperial China, official documents were "ideally" written in verse by the poetically-trained "mandarins" (although not all of them were). My father happens to be the nephew of this man en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liang_Shiyi who won high-level appointments after passing the national examinations (the Chinese version of the SATs) based on philosophy expressed in the form of poetry.
Aug
18
comment How pro-Soviet was India join during the cold war?
Even though there is extensive documentation about this "tilt," the questions of "why" and "to what degree" are non-trivial ones.
Aug
18
revised How pro-Soviet was India join during the cold war?
changed the question to one of degree
Aug
18
answered Why did Japan not withdraw from China as its pacific front was crumbling and the threat of US invasion imminent?
Aug
14
comment Why did Japan not withdraw from China as its pacific front was crumbling and the threat of US invasion imminent?
@LennartRegebro: If the atomic bomb hadn't been dropped, the U.S. would have launched an invasion of Shikoku (one of the small southern islands) in November, 1945.
Aug
14
comment Why was the US unable to win in Korea?
@Vector: You're missing the "moral" dimension. The use of the atomic bomb even against Japan was "disturbing" to many people including Americans. And that was a country that was allied with Nazi Germany and committed many atrocities of its own on foreign soil. By contrast, North Korea was a "little" country and using atomic weapons would have been seen as "overkill" in world opinion. MacArthur, in fact, wanted to do this, but President Truman overruled (and fired) him.
Aug
14
revised Why was the US unable to win in Korea?
added 74 characters in body
Aug
14
comment Why was the US unable to win in Korea?
@SchwitJanwityanujit: China just completed a civil war featuring 3-4 million men on each side in 1949. That's far more men with recent combat experience than the United States had (its World War II veterans had been mostly demobilized, and were engaged in civilian pursuits like creating a baby boom), and the "new generation" of soldiers wasn't as good.
Aug
14
answered Why was the US unable to win in Korea?
Aug
14
accepted What are the modern roles of “brigadier” generals and commodores?
Aug
11
answered How did Germany produce such an impressive portfolio of officers for WW2?
Aug
9
comment Why were troops with bayonets often effective against enemy cavalry even though the bayonet was a “secondary” weapon?
The Romans did well throwing javelins (pilum) and then using swords (gladius) against cavalry without stirrups. But the invention of the stirrup necessitated HELD spears, or better yet, multi-headed weapons such as pikes.
Aug
8
asked Why were troops with bayonets often effective against enemy cavalry even though the bayonet was a “secondary” weapon?
Aug
6
comment How close was the Soviet Union to collapsing during WW2?
@Tea Drinker:In a sense, the Caucausus oil was almost a non-issue for Germany, because the Russians destroyed the oil wells before capture. By the time they could get back up and running, it would be about 1945. And that's if the Allies didn't bomb them from Iran.
Aug
6
answered How close was the Soviet Union to collapsing during WW2?
Aug
6
comment How close was the Soviet Union to collapsing during WW2?
@FelixGoldberg: I provided that definition.