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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


Oct
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comment What would be accurate illustrations of vikings and viking culture?
@LennartRegebro: I wouldn't quarrel with that claim. But the western Vikings' activities and dress would have been better documented.
Oct
12
answered Why was 19th-century Japan able to modernize and not China?
Oct
12
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Oct
11
comment Did it make sense to bring along infantry to reinforce attacking cavalry before the introduction of firearms?
@T.E.D.: You are right, except that my reference was really to "repeating weapons" as opposed to merely firearms. I edited the question to make that clear.
Oct
11
comment Did it make sense to bring along infantry to reinforce attacking cavalry before the introduction of firearms?
@LennartRegebro: I did the "next best thing" by citing why I considered Brandy Station a "counterexample" to my main question.
Oct
11
revised Did it make sense to bring along infantry to reinforce attacking cavalry before the introduction of firearms?
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Oct
11
comment Did it make sense to bring along infantry to reinforce attacking cavalry before the introduction of firearms?
@PieterGeerkens: Apparently, Vercingetorix tried to disrupt the circumvallation at Alesia, using cavalry that was driven off by Caesar's German cavalry. Could he have done better by sending infantry along? history.stackexchange.com/questions/801/…
Oct
10
asked Did it make sense to bring along infantry to reinforce attacking cavalry before the introduction of firearms?
Oct
10
revised What technological/economic factors triggered the Industrial Revolution?
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answered What technological/economic factors triggered the Industrial Revolution?
Oct
10
awarded  Popular Question
Oct
10
comment What technological/economic factors triggered the Industrial Revolution?
Very good answer. Jethro Tull's agricultural revolution of the 1710s gets less credit than it deserves for setting up the industrial revolution of the 1780s.
Oct
8
revised Why did Empress Elizabeth and Catherine the Great of Russia have such different policies toward Frederick the Great?
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Oct
8
accepted What was Poland's posture during the Seven Years' War?
Oct
7
comment What was Poland's posture during the Seven Years' War?
@LennartRegebro: Modified the question to ask for historical records.
Oct
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revised What was Poland's posture during the Seven Years' War?
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Oct
7
asked What was Poland's posture during the Seven Years' War?
Oct
7
comment Why did Empress Elizabeth and Catherine the Great of Russia have such different policies toward Frederick the Great?
I believe that your comment to my question lies at the heart of the issue. Elizabeth conducted foreign policy as a woman might, Catherine the Great (though technically a woman) as a man might. At any rate, you answered my "unstated" question, which left out Peter III:Why did two women rulers behave so differently?: (Catherine wasn't "really" a woman). I am "accepting" your comment as much as your "official" answer.
Oct
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accepted Why did Empress Elizabeth and Catherine the Great of Russia have such different policies toward Frederick the Great?
Oct
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comment Why did Empress Elizabeth and Catherine the Great of Russia have such different policies toward Frederick the Great?
According to this link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Years'_War, by early 1763 "the Russian Emperor had been overthrown by his wife Catherine the Great who now switched Russian support back to Austria and launched fresh attacks on Prussia. Austria, however, had been weakened from the war....[forcing peace]."