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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


Sep
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revised Organized and intentional suicide attacks during military conflicts
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Sep
12
comment Are Shi’i imams really directly related to the Prophet Muhammad?
I have (hopefully) clarified the question and voted to reopen it in its present form.
Sep
12
revised Are Shi’i imams really directly related to the Prophet Muhammad?
Clarified question
Sep
12
comment How good were Confederate resupply capabilities during the Gettysburg campaign?
The Union army had held its own the day before in the hand-to-hand fighting around Devils Den. And on Little Round Top, the UNION won the day with a bayonet charge, as depicted in the Killer Angels. On all days, the Confederates were charging uphill. So there was no guarantee of a Confederate victory with a bayonet fight, only a lesser certainty of defeat than against superior Union firepower.
Sep
12
comment When did the parole of prisoners of war become unacceptable?
@Nigel Harper: But the Napoleonic Wars and World War I were basically too large scale to make paroles a viable option GENERALLY. The Boer war was a "step back" in scale, more like the American Revolution. And the British had enough Boers with them to identify the rebellious ones, same as in the American Revolution
Sep
12
revised When did the parole of prisoners of war become unacceptable?
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Sep
12
comment When did the parole of prisoners of war become unacceptable?
@NigelHarper: They "tried," and exchanged a few thousand prisoners under Dix-Hill but the arrangement broke down after six-twelve months when 1) the scale of the war made it impractical, and 2) the two sides couldn't agree on the details. Parole was MUCH more manageable with the smaller wars.
Sep
11
revised When did the parole of prisoners of war become unacceptable?
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Sep
11
answered When did the parole of prisoners of war become unacceptable?
Sep
11
comment Where, when and why did the practice of proxy marriage originate?
@Voitcus: Eventually. (In most cases.) If one of them didn't die first.
Sep
11
comment Why was Switzerland not attacked during the two World Wars?
How does "Swiss citizens working in Germany affect the question? "Shared ideology" might, do you have proof of this?
Sep
11
comment Why are the democracies of France, Israel and India rated “Flawed Democracies”?
@DJClayworth: Maybe this would have fit better on the Politics site, except that it is "too old to migrate."
Sep
11
comment What English company founded in the 1200s filed for bankruptcy in the 2000s?
Could this possibly be a reference to Barings? It was the most celebrated bankruptcy of a "large" British company in the past 20 years, and has been around since 1762.
Sep
10
answered What factors enabled Europe to conquer almost the whole world?
Sep
10
comment What was the reason for inflation in Britain after the Black Death?
In a disease situation like the Black Plague, peasants die off at a MUCH higher rate than nobles. So maybe nine of 10 nobles survived, and only 6 peasants out of 10, meaning fewer peasants per noble.
Sep
10
asked How good were Confederate resupply capabilities during the Gettysburg campaign?
Sep
9
revised What major historical event opened the door to the passage of a homesteading bill?
Added example.
Sep
9
comment What major historical event opened the door to the passage of a homesteading bill?
Actually, I believe that the Homestead Act (at least of 1862) was part of the fight against slavery. I've edited the question and second the nomination to reopen.
Sep
9
comment Historical causes of the civil wars in Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria?
@T.E.D.:I edited the question (yestereday) and nominate it for reopening.
Sep
8
revised What do written sources say about disability in early civilisations?
Added Egyptian and Babylonian and other early civilizations.