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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


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asked Why were troops with bayonets often effective against enemy cavalry even though the bayonet was a “secondary” weapon?
Aug
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comment How close was the Soviet Union to collapsing during WW2?
@Tea Drinker:In a sense, the Caucausus oil was almost a non-issue for Germany, because the Russians destroyed the oil wells before capture. By the time they could get back up and running, it would be about 1945. And that's if the Allies didn't bomb them from Iran.
Aug
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answered How close was the Soviet Union to collapsing during WW2?
Aug
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comment How close was the Soviet Union to collapsing during WW2?
@FelixGoldberg: I provided that definition.
Aug
6
comment Why did France just give up without a major fight in WW2?
@LennartRegebro: I'm OK with the answer for either version of the question, the OP's or mine.
Aug
6
comment Why did France just give up without a major fight in WW2?
@LennartRegebro: Up to you. The gist of the original version of the question was "Why didn't the French continue fighting?" (a broad question that elicits subjective answers). I changed the thrust to why "couldn't" the French continue fighting?, which can be answered objectively. Note also that there have been votes to close after the rollback. And the one answer does answer my "revised" version, why "couldn't" the French keep fighting.
Aug
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revised How close was the Soviet Union to collapsing during WW2?
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Aug
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comment Why did France just give up without a major fight in WW2?
@PieterGeerkens: My version of the question is "different" in the sense of being more objectively worded. It also has several reopen votes. I'll leave it up to the OP (Young) as to whether he would rather have it reopened in its current form, or closed in its original form. If he prefers, he can roll it back.
Aug
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comment Why did France just give up without a major fight in WW2?
I have reworded the question. Perhaps it can be reopened in its current form.
Aug
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revised Why did France just give up without a major fight in WW2?
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Aug
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comment Why and how were east Brandenburg, Pomerania and Silesia taken away from Germany after WW2?
@Sds: The idea originated with Churchill. But of course, he didn't foresee that Stalin would use that to "take him to the cleaners."
Aug
3
comment Why and how were east Brandenburg, Pomerania and Silesia taken away from Germany after WW2?
@SchwitJanwityanujit: Para 3: As a practical matter, the new western border was set on the Oder and Neisse rivers, meaning that some small pieces of German (East) Brandenburg east of the line went to Poland, and some small pieces of former Polish Pomerania went to Germany.
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revised Why and how were east Brandenburg, Pomerania and Silesia taken away from Germany after WW2?
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answered Why and how were east Brandenburg, Pomerania and Silesia taken away from Germany after WW2?
Aug
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Decline of the Spanish empire?
Aug
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Why did American public opinion move away from isolationism in 1940-41?
Aug
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comment Why did pastorial people from central Asia migrate to Europe?
@SchwitJanwityanujit: But these political shifts affect "pastoral" people in a different way than they do "settled" people. Specifically, they make pastoral people want to "settle down." But they won't make settled people want to "wander."
Aug
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answered Why did pastorial people from central Asia migrate to Europe?
Aug
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revised What was the significance of the term “Lollard” in describing religious dissenters?
Changed the thrust of question from meaning to historical signficance
Aug
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answered Why did American public opinion move away from isolationism in 1940-41?