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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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.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
9
comment What major historical event opened the door to the passage of a homesteading bill?
Actually, I believe that the Homestead Act (at least of 1862) was part of the fight against slavery. I've edited the question and second the nomination to reopen.
Sep
9
comment Historical causes of the civil wars in Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria?
@T.E.D.:I edited the question (yestereday) and nominate it for reopening.
Sep
8
revised What do written sources say about disability in early civilisations?
Added Egyptian and Babylonian and other early civilizations.
Sep
8
revised Historical causes of the civil wars in Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria?
Broke up question into two more manageable ones.
Sep
7
answered Why didn't Alexander invade India?
Sep
6
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
6
comment Did Germany lose World War II when/because “kill ratios” started moving “against” her?
If you take the campaign as a whole, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor, the combined kill ratio of Union to Confederates was about 1.9:1, in line with the strengths of the respective armies. But the Union had moved 60 miles closer to Richmond, achieving their strategic objective, and the kill ratios soon came down.
Sep
5
revised Did Germany lose World War II when/because “kill ratios” started moving “against” her?
added explanation
Sep
5
comment Why did the Union army favor a “western” route to approaching Richmond during the American Civil War
@LennartRegebro: Implied (but not stated) in the answer is that "going west" was the right thing to do. Because Grant made it work. (It's a bit of a tautology, but fine with me.)
Sep
5
comment Why did the Union army favor a “western” route to approaching Richmond during the American Civil War
Grant's strength was that he was able to obtain the statstically "true" result; his loss ratio of 17k/10k was less than his numerical preponderance of 118k/64k, implying a Union victory. Other Union commanders didn't parlay "better" loss ratios into victory. With 110K vs. 90k before Malplaquet, Marborough couldn't afford a loss ratio of 20K/11k.
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.