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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


Oct
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comment What was Poland's posture during the Seven Years' War?
@FelixGoldberg: That's not surprising. (Virtual) "protectorate"="pre-partition"= "led to partition." The liberum veto en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberum_veto in Poland made for a truly chaotic country, at least in the 18th century.
Oct
13
comment Why did religion mixed with politics hold back progress of Europeans but not the Turks?
@LennartRegebro: I appended the clause "but to a different degree" to the OP's "The Ottoman Empire also had its politics mixed with religion," which I take to be an attempt by the OP to be evenhanded, rather than being "incorrect." (And the Turks are not the Arabs.) Then the question is answerable based on "degrees of badness."
Oct
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answered Why did religion mixed with politics hold back progress of Europeans but not the Turks?
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13
revised Why did religion mixed with politics hold back progress of Europeans but not the Turks?
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Oct
13
revised Why was 19th-century Japan able to modernize and not China?
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Oct
13
revised Did it make sense to bring along infantry to reinforce attacking cavalry before the introduction of firearms?
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13
accepted Did it make sense to bring along infantry to reinforce attacking cavalry before the introduction of firearms?
Oct
12
comment Why was the Ottoman empire not seen as an Arabic empire?
I have made some edits that I hope makes the question answerable, and have voted to reopen.
Oct
12
revised Why was the Ottoman empire not seen as an Arabic empire?
Clarified the question by referring to the "overlap" between the Ottoman and Arabic Empires.
Oct
12
comment What would be accurate illustrations of vikings and viking culture?
@LennartRegebro: I wouldn't quarrel with that claim. But the western Vikings' activities and dress would have been better documented.
Oct
12
answered Why was 19th-century Japan able to modernize and not China?
Oct
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Oct
11
comment Did it make sense to bring along infantry to reinforce attacking cavalry before the introduction of firearms?
@T.E.D.: You are right, except that my reference was really to "repeating weapons" as opposed to merely firearms. I edited the question to make that clear.
Oct
11
comment Did it make sense to bring along infantry to reinforce attacking cavalry before the introduction of firearms?
@LennartRegebro: I did the "next best thing" by citing why I considered Brandy Station a "counterexample" to my main question.
Oct
11
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comment Did it make sense to bring along infantry to reinforce attacking cavalry before the introduction of firearms?
@PieterGeerkens: Apparently, Vercingetorix tried to disrupt the circumvallation at Alesia, using cavalry that was driven off by Caesar's German cavalry. Could he have done better by sending infantry along? history.stackexchange.com/questions/801/…
Oct
10
asked Did it make sense to bring along infantry to reinforce attacking cavalry before the introduction of firearms?
Oct
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revised What technological/economic factors triggered the Industrial Revolution?
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answered What technological/economic factors triggered the Industrial Revolution?
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