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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


Nov
6
asked Why did modern “Romania” remain the most “Roman” part of the Balkans?
Nov
5
comment What was the significance of the Mississipi River on the Civil War and Westward Expansion?
I took out words like "snot" and "ridiculous" because they detracted from the question. Some teachers (and bosses) are actually "fishing" for ideas, and will accept valid counterproposals.
Nov
5
revised What was the significance of the Mississipi River on the Civil War and Westward Expansion?
Tightened question, removed ad hominem references.
Nov
5
revised What was the significance of the Mississipi River on the Civil War and Westward Expansion?
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Nov
5
answered What was the significance of the Mississipi River on the Civil War and Westward Expansion?
Nov
5
comment What was the social status of a man who failed the civil service exams in Imperial China ( 1200 - 1800 AD )?
@FelixGoldberg: Let's just say that your "street cred" takes a quantum jump when you pass, and if you fail, you get "points for trying" and maybe a 10% or 20% increment in prestige, but no "quantum jump." But "worst to first" (Boston Red Sox style), is for those who PASS.
Nov
5
answered What was the social status of a man who failed the civil service exams in Imperial China ( 1200 - 1800 AD )?
Nov
1
reviewed Reviewed Writing systems in South America?
Nov
1
comment Writing systems in South America?
Answers on this site should be (mostly) in English. If there is foreign-language text, it should be translated.
Nov
1
reviewed Leave Open Could invocation and revocation of bastardry be used to manipulate primogeniture?
Oct
29
revised Was Rome obliged to expand its territory whether it wanted to or not?
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Oct
28
comment Is that true that somebody was punished by the Catholic Church for believing that a fly had six feet?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is a better fit for Skeptics SE. (But it needs to meet certain documentation requirements for that site.
Oct
28
comment Was Rome obliged to expand its territory whether it wanted to or not?
@LateralFractal: The closest I can come to this is the quote from Cato the Elder of "Carthago delenda est." (Carthage should be destroyed.) It was a "hobbyhorse" with him and he ended every speech in the Senate with it. It reflected his sincere belief that this particular enemy, at least, needed to be beaten to the ground before Rome could be secure. See also my answer to this Mongol question history.stackexchange.com/questions/10572/… in which I attributed similar motives to the Mongols.
Oct
27
answered Why did Soviet Union economy grow fast in the 1950's-1960's?
Oct
26
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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