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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


Jul
15
comment Why does Moldova have a different social network than rest of Russian region
Expanded the question to ask why the country got its own social network. It's now more of a history question than before.
Jul
15
comment Why have major sporting events been held every 4 years?
@MarkC.Wallace: I made a couple changes that put the question in the past tense, and possibly made it "historical."
Jul
15
comment Why did the southern states secede from the U.S.?
The fact that the fear that... freed blacks might (perhaps justifiably) seek vengeance was deep" may have been a factor in the Zimmerman case, even 150 years later.
Jul
15
comment Did Germany lose World War II when/because “kill ratios” started moving “against” her?
Actually, Kasserine Pass was the "exception" to the rule, because the Germans didn't achieve their objectives despite the 5- to -1 kill ratio. But in the other examples cited, the Germans' massive kill ratios were accompanied by massive territorial gains. These gains(in e.g., the Soviet Union) decelerated as the kill ratios decelerated.
Jul
15
revised Why does Moldova have a different social network than rest of Russian region
Added a less "trivial" question.
Jul
15
revised Why have major sporting events been held every 4 years?
Put question in the past tense to make it a history question
Jul
14
awarded  Nice Question
Jul
12
asked Did Germany lose World War II when/because “kill ratios” started moving “against” her?
Jul
11
awarded  Informed
Jul
10
comment Were Puritans Prudes or Progressive?
@JoeHobbit: Drake and Howard won the one that counted. Otherwise we'd be speaking Spanish today.
Jul
10
comment Were Puritans Prudes or Progressive?
@MichaelF: Strict, and "prudish" beginning in their midlives, after a misspent youth. Midlife Baby Boomers' sex offender registries and "Amber alerts" remind me of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Scarlet Letter," written about the Puritans, by an (Idealist) member of Lincoln's "Transcendental" generation.
Jul
10
revised Were Puritans Prudes or Progressive?
edited body
Jul
10
answered Were Puritans Prudes or Progressive?
Jul
10
answered Why, during the Spanish reconquista, did King Ferdinand not take over Portugal?
Jul
8
comment What was the influence of dead people on Johnson's 1948 election victory?
@FelixGoldberg: Good edit of my edit.
Jul
8
revised What was the influence of dead people on Johnson's 1948 election victory?
took out references to conspiracy theory
Jul
5
reviewed Approve suggested edit on proof tag wiki
Jul
5
reviewed Close Did Napoleon ever say «On s'engage et puis… on voit»?
Jul
5
revised Why was the 1944 surrender of 20,000 Germans on the Western Front remarkable?
Added time (year) and place
Jul
2
comment Did the Great Society programs ameliorate poverty or exacerbate it?
@FelixGoldberg: If you think you can do better, go for it. I've done what I could.