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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


May
28
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.
May
28
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.
May
28
asked Did the Greeks win the battle of Salamis because their rowers were “free”?
May
27
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.
May
27
awarded  Convention
May
27
comment What role did the Eastern Roman Empire play in the fall of the Western Roman Empire?
It was a pretty good question as it was, and the removal of the counterfactual probably removes the last obstacle to a reopening.
May
25
answered Where, when and why did the practice of proxy marriage originate?
May
25
revised Is one of the causes behind the cultural atmosphere surrounding the Scopes trial, and the concepts about family, “children are the future”?
Added question to the narrative.
May
24
comment (War Guilt Methodology) Was Germany solely to blame for WWI?
I edited the title and added a question in the last line, and nominate this for re-opening.
May
24
revised (War Guilt Methodology) Was Germany solely to blame for WWI?
Changed title, added a question in the last line.
May
24
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Have any armies equipped/fed their officers and enlisted men equally?
May
24
comment What are the historical reasons for religious and political negative attitudes towards homosexuality?
All these "religious" reasons seem to have a "historical" reason in common; see my answer below.
May
24
answered What are the historical reasons for religious and political negative attitudes towards homosexuality?
May
24
comment How accurate is the Historical evidence use in the book Non-Zero?
Are book reviews on topic for the site?
May
24
revised Was the Bosnian Crisis the trigger to WWI and not the assassination?
edited tags
May
24
comment How do ideologies tend to fare after the regime upholding them falls apart?
@StevenDrennon: I agree with you that this question is too broad to be answered, and vote to close/delete.
May
24
comment What were the major objections that Augustine had with Jerome's translation of the Septuagint?
@T.E.D.: I entirely agree wih you. If you could get this "modded" to the other site, it would help this one.
May
24
comment What was the Nature of Resistance in 1938 Czechoslovakia?
@Luke: I would characterize your approach as "warm." The way I might structure the question is something like, "Would it have been possible for the Czech resistance in the 1940s to operate something like America's "underground railraod" (for escaped slaves), or were letters successfully smuggled in and out of the Skoda Works in "real life," or whatever other "mechanic" she wanted to use. That would show "research effort" and a general knowledge of "resistances," meaning that she would only be asking about the Czech variety.
May
23
revised What was the basis for the Nazis to support various ethnic minorities in the Soviet Union and elsewhere over the majority populations?
defined groups within the Soviet Union
May
23
revised Have any armies equipped/fed their officers and enlisted men equally?
Put title in past tense to make it HISTORY