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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


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comment Looking for a symbol for Southern USA communism
Florida plus "Alabama and a bit of surrounding states." I'd assume that he means Florida plus "West Florida" (the Gulf coasts of Alabama and Mississippi).
May
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comment Looking for a symbol for Southern USA communism
@DarekWędrychowski: Spanish Florida was known as EAST Florida, which is why it is hard for a non-American to find: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Florida. But the earlier talk about my struggles with Bogdan Chmielski got me to write the "partition" question.
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revised How did Poland avoid partition in the 17th century, but not the 18th century?
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asked How did Poland avoid partition in the 17th century, but not the 18th century?
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Are there any examples of people being able to predict the consequences of communication revolutions?
May
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revised In U.S. military forces, did black soldiers suffer a heavy racial segregation during World War II?
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comment Looking for a symbol for Southern USA communism
@DarekWędrychowski: Florida was part of "Spanish" North America. As such, there was a real chance that it would not become part of the USA. The three regions for which this applies are Florida, Texas, and California. Hence I would choose one of these in which to locate a hypothetical "UnAmerica." It's a bit like saying, why did Bogdan Chiemieski start his "depolonization" movement in the Ukraine, as opposed to further west.
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revised In U.S. military forces, did black soldiers suffer a heavy racial segregation during World War II?
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May
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reviewed Leave Open What is the difference between a professional historian and an amateur?
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comment What is the difference between a professional historian and an amateur?
I would say that Churchill was a "historian" because he PRACTICED history (and wrote about it later). In his case, a lot of "history" was actually autobiographical.
May
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comment Did the pope try to suppress the number zero?
I would note the zero was an ARAB (Muslim) "invention," so the Popes had at least some incentive to suppress it.
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on How widespread was the practice of chaining slave rowers to the ships?
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comment In ancient Rome, did a lot of people feel guilty about owning slaves?
Great answer. +1. And not just because it's your first effort on the site.
May
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comment What role did the Eastern Roman Empire play in the fall of the Western Roman Empire?
@Sally: Based on the above dialog, I have taken the liberty of "editing in" the last piece.
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revised What role did the Eastern Roman Empire play in the fall of the Western Roman Empire?
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comment Did the Greeks win the battle of Salamis because their rowers were “free”?
@MarkC.Wallace: To the best of my recollection, the faculty advisor in question was this man. law.yale.edu/faculty/11819.htm. Apparently, he had seen, or perhaps graded, a paper alleging the above in 1978. The paper itself is probably not available, but it must have been based on some sources. Then the issue is, can we track down the sources.
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comment Did the Greeks win the battle of Salamis because their rowers were “free”?
@MarkC.Wallace: Thanks for the edit. The Greeks were outnumbered something like 2 to 1. That didn't matter as much as it might have in the open ocean, because the in the Straits around Salamis, you could only have combat of X on X ships at a time. The Greek ships outmaneuevered the Persians at every step of the way and won. But I could attirbute "outmaneuever" to "outrow." Probably only someoen with a naval or maritime background could answer this definitively, perhaps a rowing hobbyist; my faculty adviser couldn't, some 35 years ago.
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asked Did the Greeks win the battle of Salamis because their rowers were “free”?
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comment What role did the Eastern Roman Empire play in the fall of the Western Roman Empire?
I would ask @Steven Drennon. He is a moderator and the most senior of the three people who closed the original question. Sorry to be so "political" here, but the question has been "barely" re-opened.
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