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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


Dec
21
answered Why did Britain object to the Ottomans bringing its ships-of-the-line against Russia in the beginning of the Crimean War?
Dec
21
comment Was the 18th century Russian peasant braver; or simply more afraid of Cossacks?
@Lohoris: The most obvious (but by no means unique, example), was the battle of Borodino en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Borodino.
Dec
21
accepted Why did the British have so few destroyers going into World War II?
Dec
21
comment Why did the British have so few destroyers going into World War II?
@FelixGoldberg: TED's comment was that "England would fight on from Canada if need be..." Canada was part of the Commonwealth, and where the Commonwealth would have been led from if the British Isles had fallen to Hitler. Meaning that the British EMPIRE would continue the war from "abroad."
Dec
20
answered Changing troops in first line during battle
Dec
20
comment What, exactly, was the role of Bertrand du Guesclin in the Hundred Years' War?
That's why good guerillas do. At least according to Mao Tse-tung.
Dec
20
comment Was the 18th century Russian peasant braver; or simply more afraid of Cossacks?
Pieter Geerkens: I would guess that more than one commander would have observed this phenomenon over the millenia. More to the point, Russia was the European country that sustained the longest invasion/occupation by the Mongols, who had also conquered China, so the knowledge could have come from the East. It may also help explain why only they (and not "European") commanders used this tactic.
Dec
20
comment What, exactly, was the role of Bertrand du Guesclin in the Hundred Years' War?
As we learned in Vietnam, a guerilla war is won hamlets and villages, not big cities. Basically, du Guesclin obtained control of the countryside.
Dec
20
answered Was the 18th century Russian peasant braver; or simply more afraid of Cossacks?
Dec
20
comment Why did Alexander the Great succeed in overthrowing the Persian Empire?
@PieterGeerkens: I didn't say he retreated with his troops. The wiki article says he abandoned his equipment and his army. And the OP's question text is more along the lines of "What did the Persians do wrong?" than "What did Alexander do right?"
Dec
19
asked What, exactly, was the role of Bertrand du Guesclin in the Hundred Years' War?
Dec
19
revised Why did Alexander the Great succeed in overthrowing the Persian Empire?
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Dec
19
comment Why did Alexander the Great succeed in overthrowing the Persian Empire?
@PieterGeerkens: He fled the battlefield at both Issus and Arbela. Very few generals do that, and the ones that do get reputations for cowardice. He was also assassinated by his own cousin. He may not have been totally "incompetent" (he had a few successes) but he was a "failure" by most standards.
Dec
19
answered Les Misérables historical setting
Dec
19
revised Les Misérables historical setting
Fleshed out brief timeline, sequence of events.
Dec
19
comment Why did Alexander the Great succeed in overthrowing the Persian Empire?
@JeroenK: The ten thousand showed "it could be done." So Alexander took 55,000 to make sure he could do it.
Dec
19
answered Why did Alexander the Great succeed in overthrowing the Persian Empire?
Dec
19
comment Why are there so many Jews in USA?
Pretty good answer to a lousy question. Ordinarily, I'd upvote it, except that I voted to close, which is to say that I don't want to encourage answers to this (or similarly bad) questions.
Dec
19
reviewed Close Was Adolf Hitler a skater?
Dec
19
reviewed Leave Open Iranian casualties during the first world war (1917-1919)?