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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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.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 Approve suggested edit on taxes tag wiki excerpt
Jun
14
reviewed Leave Open How did the gold of the new world cause the Spanish Empire to collapse?
Jun
14
answered How did the gold of the new world cause the Spanish Empire to collapse?
Jun
13
comment When did the practice of formally “declaring war” cease and why?
@Muz: I would say, Japan declared war on the US simultaneously with Pearl Harbor. The Japanese ambassador was told to "drop in" on the Secretary of State just a few minutes after the attacks were scheduled to begin and announce the bombimg.
Jun
13
answered What was the role of Nikita Khrushchev during the battle of Stalingrad?
Jun
12
comment How much excellent were relations between American soldiers and the Vietnamese people?
"Follow [and represent] the scholarship on the matter" is the most anyone can ask for. We are not the experts here.
Jun
12
comment Battles won by much weaker side
I hated voting to closet this interesting question that is not quite right for the site. Basically, battles won by the weaker side are unusual (percentagewise), but there's nothing special or rare about them; it happens from time to time. A good question must be more "restrictive," than this, and a way to do this is to impose additional restrictions. For instance, what are battles won by the weaker side led by a woman? Off the top of my head, I can think only of battles fought by Joan of Arc. That makes it a more suitable question with a very "short list" of answers.
Jun
12
comment Were there many “co-headed” commands where the senior member was younger than the junior?
In most of the examples above, you have co-operating commanders from ALLIED armies led independently. But Marlborough and Eugene were different. They co-commanded a "blended" central army made up of different nationalities. And they were described by Churchill (Marlborough's descendant) as "one soul in two bodies." An upvote for trying.
Jun
12
comment Why did Britain and France not declare war against the Soviet Union when it invaded Poland in WW2?
@FelixGoldberg: Here is my main source. ibiblio.org/pha/timeline/410622dwp.html "Noone has been a more consistent opponent of Communism than I [Churchill] have for the last twenty-five years. I will unsay no words that I've spoken about it. But all this fades away before the spectacle which is now unfolding."
Jun
10
comment Did people have better nutrition before agriculture?
@kubanczyk: I think "healthier" in this context meant compared to their contemporaries, not to us, of course.
Jun
10
answered Why didn't World-Community take no step to remove Mubutu or Robert Mugabe from office?
Jun
6
comment Was Napoleon as short as “common knowledge” states?
Basically Napoleon was "short" compared to his BODYGUARD. But not compared to the general population.
Jun
6
comment Were there many “co-headed” commands where the senior member was younger than the junior?
@Drux: Eisenhower and MacArthur were U.S. generals at the same time, but never "co-commanded" an army together.
Jun
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Jun
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comment Were there many “co-headed” commands where the senior member was younger than the junior?
@How was Cecil regarded? Was he considered Elizabeth I's "alterego?"
Jun
5
comment Why was Woody Woodpecker a “natural” hit during WW2?
The book didn't discuss these characters. But it discussed "similar" ones, "Spanky," and "Alfalfa," and "Little Rascal." I thought it was too much of a stretch to transfer them to this discussion. Basically, I've cited the source and the relevant chapter, but you'll have to read the whole context to determine what is right and wrong. You'll also have to read at least two more chapters about the earlie Revolution and Civil War crisis periods. Basically, I've synopsized about one-third of a 750 page book in one paragraph.
Jun
5
comment Why was Woody Woodpecker a “natural” hit during WW2?
The ward "wars" is linked to the book "Generations," by Willian Strauss and Neil HoweThe relevant chapter is about the so-called "Silent Generation," the children born in the 1930s and early 1940s (who are now elders such as Warren Buffett).
Jun
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answered Why was Woody Woodpecker a “natural” hit during WW2?
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