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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


Nov
15
comment How were mounted infantry (like dragoons) used in battle?
@PieterGeerkens: Ok, fixed.
Nov
15
revised How were mounted infantry (like dragoons) used in battle?
Correction.
Nov
15
comment New theory on origins of modern-day Romania?
Depending on how you defined it, Wallachia represented perhaps 16% of the land area, but a much greater proportion of the population of "Romania," and the latter counts for a lot more.
Nov
15
comment How were mounted infantry (like dragoons) used in battle?
@MarkC.Wallace: I'd say it's more like the time period. Cavalry versus infantry tactics evolved greatly between the 17th and 19th centuries.
Nov
15
revised How were mounted infantry (like dragoons) used in battle?
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Nov
15
answered How were mounted infantry (like dragoons) used in battle?
Nov
14
reviewed Edit How big was the Golden Horde?
Nov
14
revised How big was the Golden Horde?
Added a second question on origin.
Nov
14
comment Why is the United States the only developed country whose labour laws leave most up to the employer?
Based on the turn the discussion has taken, I proposed to the mods to move this question to Politics SE.
Nov
13
accepted Why did Frederick the Great do so much worse against the Russians than against his other enemies in the Seven Years' War?
Nov
12
comment Why did Frederick the Great do so much worse against the Russians than against his other enemies in the Seven Years' War?
Upvoted your answer. It's incomplete, but useful, and may have set me on the right track. It seems that the Russians chose better defensive ground because they were "playing not to lose," instead of "playing to win." That led to a resilient mindset, and made the Russians hard to defeat (even though they shouldn't have won at Kunersdorf if Frederick had been more careful). In this regard, Empress Elizabeth couldn't have been more different from her eventual successor, Catherine the Great.Can't imagine Elizabeth doing a deal with Frederick over Poland. history.stackexchange.com/questions/10426/…
Nov
12
comment From whom did Gandhi learn his protest technique of non-violence?
Jesus Christ? history.stackexchange.com/questions/9974/…
Nov
12
awarded  Nice Question
Nov
11
asked Why did Frederick the Great do so much worse against the Russians than against his other enemies in the Seven Years' War?
Nov
10
comment How and why did Polish rule over the Ukraine “downwardly deviate” from Lithuanian rule?
@LennartRegebro: Here is such as source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukraine. Second paragraph, under "Foreign Domination": "By 1569, the Union of Lublin formed the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, and a significant part of Ukrainian territory was transferred from Duchy of Lithuania to the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland, thus becoming Polish territory de jure."
Nov
8
asked How and why did Polish rule over the Ukraine “downwardly deviate” from Lithuanian rule?
Nov
7
accepted Why did the “Ruthenians” break up into “Belarusians” and “Ukrainians?”
Nov
7
awarded  Nice Question
Nov
6
comment Why pretend Elser, Thalmann & other dissidents had been killed in air raids?
Actually, the "miracle" almost occurred. In April 1945, America's General George Patton, no less, proposed to re-arm some 600,000 defeated, surrendered Germans, and join them in an attack to kick the Soviets back to Russia. He was overruled by Eisenhower and Truman, but the thought did cross (Allied) people's minds. While it didn't quite happen, it was by no means as far-fetched as it may have seemed.
Nov
6
revised Why did modern “Romania” remain the most “Roman” part of the Balkans?
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