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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


Jul
18
comment Has a state ever “attacked” another one by printing fake money?
In one of the books about the siege of Leningrad (I believe it was Harrison Salisbury's "900 Days)," the author suggested that the Nazis might have captured the city by printing and "distributing" fake ration coupons, creating more "demand" for food than there was supply, and causing chaos. Fortunately, they didn't.
Jul
18
comment Do we know of other examples of modern Utilitarian/Poltical 'cannibalism' (as defined by Carlyle), besides the French Revolutionaries and the Nazis?
What I meant was that the Nazis (and French) "reduced" their victims to the level of animals (in their own minds), which is reflected in their treatment of them.
Jul
18
revised Do we know of other examples of modern Utilitarian/Poltical 'cannibalism' (as defined by Carlyle), besides the French Revolutionaries and the Nazis?
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Jul
18
comment Do we know of other examples of modern Utilitarian/Poltical 'cannibalism' (as defined by Carlyle), besides the French Revolutionaries and the Nazis?
"Cannabalism" is a bit lurid, but this figure of speech WAS used by Carlyle. And the gist of the question was, besides French Revolutionaries and Nazis, did any group of people treat fellow human beings as they might treat animals?
Jul
18
accepted Were some Yugoslav “nationalities” more pro-Axis/Allied than others during World War II
Jul
17
awarded  Nice Question
Jul
17
accepted How and why did the “Green Gang” hold the balance of power in Shanghai in 1927?
Jul
17
revised Why does Moldova have a different social network than rest of Russian region
added 162 characters in body
Jul
17
comment Why does Moldova have a different social network than rest of Russian region
You mean based on my "expanded" version of your question?
Jul
17
revised Why did a lot of major cities around the world obtain obelisks?
Put question in past tense to make it a history question
Jul
15
comment Why does Moldova have a different social network than rest of Russian region
Expanded the question to ask why the country got its own social network. It's now more of a history question than before.
Jul
15
comment Why have major sporting events been held every 4 years?
@MarkC.Wallace: I made a couple changes that put the question in the past tense, and possibly made it "historical."
Jul
15
comment Why did the southern states secede from the U.S.?
The fact that the fear that... freed blacks might (perhaps justifiably) seek vengeance was deep" may have been a factor in the Zimmerman case, even 150 years later.
Jul
15
comment Did Germany lose World War II when/because “kill ratios” started moving “against” her?
Actually, Kasserine Pass was the "exception" to the rule, because the Germans didn't achieve their objectives despite the 5- to -1 kill ratio. But in the other examples cited, the Germans' massive kill ratios were accompanied by massive territorial gains. These gains(in e.g., the Soviet Union) decelerated as the kill ratios decelerated.
Jul
15
revised Why does Moldova have a different social network than rest of Russian region
Added a less "trivial" question.
Jul
15
revised Why have major sporting events been held every 4 years?
Put question in the past tense to make it a history question
Jul
14
awarded  Nice Question
Jul
12
asked Did Germany lose World War II when/because “kill ratios” started moving “against” her?
Jul
11
awarded  Informed
Jul
10
comment Were Puritans Prudes or Progressive?
@JoeHobbit: Drake and Howard won the one that counted. Otherwise we'd be speaking Spanish today.