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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


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comment What were the Nazi racial views on Hungarians and the Japanese?
@CsBalazsHungary: What I'd do is to link the Hungarian source, and then translate a few relevant portions into English.
Oct
26
comment Dictators who came back through elections?
This is a new site member whom we tied up in knots with numerous suggestions. After the first one or two, it might have been better to edit the question rather than confuse the OP with more critiques. Not a perfect question, but quite a good first effort IMHO.
Oct
26
asked How were the Bulgarians regarded by the Nazis during World War II?
Oct
26
comment What was the ratio of German to Soviet losses on eastern front during different stages of the war?
@PieterGeerkens: See my revision and the reconciliation between my numbers and nick's in the example. As noted in a comment to the answer, my main source was goodreads.com/book/show/414302.A_War_to_Be_Won
Oct
26
comment What was the ratio of German to Soviet losses on eastern front during different stages of the war?
@FelixGoldberg: I consider Nick's assertions "substantially correct," but the problem was an "apples to oranges" comparison. See the example in my expanded answer for a reconciliation of the two.
Oct
26
revised What was the ratio of German to Soviet losses on eastern front during different stages of the war?
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Oct
26
comment What was the ratio of German to Soviet losses on eastern front during different stages of the war?
@nick: Your point about DePuy's calculations on relative combat effectiveness is well taken, but it is not inconsistent with my (revised) answer, because of the Soviets' numerical superiority. The example showed how the casualty ratios could be close to 1- to -1, and the Germans have a combat effectiveness of 2 to 1 (or more), because they inflicted similar numbers of casualties using half as many men.
Oct
26
revised What was the ratio of German to Soviet losses on eastern front during different stages of the war?
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Oct
26
comment Was Rome obliged to expand its territory whether it wanted to or not?
@FelixGoldberg: A lot depends on how you define "national security." Did Rome expand beyond the point where her immediate security was threatened, yes. But regarding e.g. the Macedonians and Selucids, Machiavelli in "The Prince" opined that Rome "had to fight them in Greece in order not to have to fight them later in Italy." And that was an ex post opinion some one and half millennia later.
Oct
26
comment To what extent did Gandhi affect the factors that led to the partition of India?
Probably the best question is something like, "what exactly was Gandhi's stance on partition?" He said a number of things that can be interpreted by different people in different ways.
Oct
26
answered Why, in the US, is Japanese brutality ignored compared with the Nazi brutality in WW2?
Oct
26
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Oct
25
accepted Why have Polish kings been such a “mixed bag?”
Oct
25
revised What forces/incentives drove the Mongols to conquer a much larger land territory than they could comfortably settle or rule?
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Oct
25
answered What forces/incentives drove the Mongols to conquer a much larger land territory than they could comfortably settle or rule?
Oct
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answered Was Rome obliged to expand its territory whether it wanted to or not?
Oct
24
comment What factors discouraged the Nazis from focusing all their forces on the Caucasus region during Operation Barbarossa?
@MarkC.Wallace: I was "weaned' on William L. Shirer's "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. For a more modern text, I recommend amazon.com/War-To-Be-Won-Fighting/dp/0674006801. One warning, some of the work is "original," (the interpretations, not the compilation of facts). Professor Murray said as much in his initial review of my (unpublished) "Axis Overstretch" book.
Oct
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comment What factors discouraged the Nazis from focusing all their forces on the Caucasus region during Operation Barbarossa?
@T.E.D.:Hitler could have co-ordinated his tactics with politics by claiming to "liberate" the Soviet Republics (SRs),(setting up puppet governments, refraining from atrocities etc.). Basically a chain of tributary buffer states in the Baltics, Belarus, Ukraine, Caucasus. Once done, there could be a logical end of the war: Germany lays off "Russia" in exchange for the latter's recognition of the "independence" of the SRs.
Oct
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comment What factors discouraged the Nazis from focusing all their forces on the Caucasus region during Operation Barbarossa?
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