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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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.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
11
revised When did the parole of prisoners of war become unacceptable?
added 166 characters in body
Sep
11
answered When did the parole of prisoners of war become unacceptable?
Sep
11
comment Where, when and why did the practice of proxy marriage originate?
@Voitcus: Eventually. (In most cases.) If one of them didn't die first.
Sep
11
comment Why was Switzerland not attacked during the two World Wars?
How does "Swiss citizens working in Germany affect the question? "Shared ideology" might, do you have proof of this?
Sep
11
comment Why are the democracies of France, Israel and India rated “Flawed Democracies”?
@DJClayworth: Maybe this would have fit better on the Politics site, except that it is "too old to migrate."
Sep
11
comment What English company founded in the 1200s filed for bankruptcy in the 2000s?
Could this possibly be a reference to Barings? It was the most celebrated bankruptcy of a "large" British company in the past 20 years, and has been around since 1762.
Sep
10
answered What factors enabled Europe to conquer almost the whole world?
Sep
10
comment What was the reason for inflation in Britain after the Black Death?
In a disease situation like the Black Plague, peasants die off at a MUCH higher rate than nobles. So maybe nine of 10 nobles survived, and only 6 peasants out of 10, meaning fewer peasants per noble.
Sep
10
asked How good were Confederate resupply capabilities during the Gettysburg campaign?
Sep
9
revised What major historical event opened the door to the passage of a homesteading bill?
Added example.
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.