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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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.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
10
comment What technological/economic factors triggered the Industrial Revolution?
Very good answer. Jethro Tull's agricultural revolution of the 1710s gets less credit than it deserves for setting up the industrial revolution of the 1780s.
Oct
8
revised Why did Empress Elizabeth and Catherine the Great of Russia have such different policies toward Frederick the Great?
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Oct
8
accepted What was Poland's posture during the Seven Years' War?
Oct
7
comment What was Poland's posture during the Seven Years' War?
@LennartRegebro: Modified the question to ask for historical records.
Oct
7
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Oct
7
asked What was Poland's posture during the Seven Years' War?
Oct
7
comment Why did Empress Elizabeth and Catherine the Great of Russia have such different policies toward Frederick the Great?
I believe that your comment to my question lies at the heart of the issue. Elizabeth conducted foreign policy as a woman might, Catherine the Great (though technically a woman) as a man might. At any rate, you answered my "unstated" question, which left out Peter III:Why did two women rulers behave so differently?: (Catherine wasn't "really" a woman). I am "accepting" your comment as much as your "official" answer.
Oct
7
accepted Why did Empress Elizabeth and Catherine the Great of Russia have such different policies toward Frederick the Great?
Oct
6
comment Why did Empress Elizabeth and Catherine the Great of Russia have such different policies toward Frederick the Great?
According to this link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Years'_War, by early 1763 "the Russian Emperor had been overthrown by his wife Catherine the Great who now switched Russian support back to Austria and launched fresh attacks on Prussia. Austria, however, had been weakened from the war....[forcing peace]."
Oct
6
comment Why did Empress Elizabeth and Catherine the Great of Russia have such different policies toward Frederick the Great?
@Yannis Rizos: I don't know how Catherine the Great actually FELT about Frederick the Great. But I would characterize her "sharing" Poland with him very "affirmative" from a political point of view. And Catherine was a very dominant figure so it's not like she merely "parroted" the policies of a husband she hated, and probably "cuckholded" and more. And the first partition of Poland was 10 years or so after the 1762 "reversal of alliances" in the Seven Years' War.
Oct
6
asked Why did Empress Elizabeth and Catherine the Great of Russia have such different policies toward Frederick the Great?
Oct
3
reviewed Close Relative merits of oligarchy and democracy
Oct
1
revised How were diplomats and their staff's treated when World War II was declared?
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Sep
29
revised Why wasn't the American civil war fought between slaves and masters?
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Sep
29
comment Why wasn't the American civil war fought between slaves and masters?
@American Luke: I agree with you that this is a valid question, because it represents a new twist on an "old" topic (and I seconded the vote to reopen). I would expect at least some answers to include reference to the Underground Railroad en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underground_Railroad and/or Nat Turner's Rebellion, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat_Turner to illustrate why slaves couldn't do more to help themselves.
Sep
29
comment What are exceptions to the hypothesis that “climate determined ”regional“ loyalties in the U.S. Civil War”?
I'd expand AG's answer to say that "climate," in combination with other factors such as soil and power sources affected the desirability of cash crops tied to the slave trade. And the emphasis on "trade" explains why western Tennessee (on the Mississippi River) was much more pro-slavery than similarly temperatured East Tennessee (in the Appalachian mountains).
Sep
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Sep
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Sep
28
comment Why didn't the European Christians take back Constantinopole?
@user1709088: The Russians wanted Constantinople because it was the "cork in the bottleneck" to their Black Sea, which is why other European countries DIDN'T want Russia to have it, to the extent of preferring to leave it in the hands of the Turks.
Sep
28
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