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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


Nov
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reviewed Leave Closed Why did textile mill owners during the industrial revolution keep their factory windows closed?
Nov
22
reviewed Close What are all the countries that voted by supporting, opposing and neutral for LTTE?
Nov
21
comment Chiang's allies were “a kidnapper, a hooligan and a bully” but which was which?
@Semaphore: Actually, the Big 4 represented the UN Security Council ('s permanent members) at the time. France came later.
Nov
21
comment Chiang's allies were “a kidnapper, a hooligan and a bully” but which was which?
Actually, the "Big Four" were the core of the original 26 nations of the UN. There were three other groups: 1) British Commonwealth nations 2) U.S.-aligned Western Hemisphere Nations and 3) occupied nations such as Norway, Poland, and the Benelux countries whose governments in exile supported the Allies.
Nov
20
revised Chiang's allies were “a kidnapper, a hooligan and a bully” but which was which?
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Nov
20
comment Chiang's allies were “a kidnapper, a hooligan and a bully” but which was which?
@T.E.D.: Let's just say it came through the "family." There are other relatives, but I listed the most prominent one.
Nov
20
answered Chiang's allies were “a kidnapper, a hooligan and a bully” but which was which?
Nov
19
revised Did the Torch operation help doom the Germans at Stalingrad?
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Nov
19
revised Did the Torch operation help doom the Germans at Stalingrad?
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asked Did the Torch operation help doom the Germans at Stalingrad?
Nov
19
comment Throughout history, how many wars have there been between Russia and Japan?
@Oldcat: I'd say one "full scale" war plus "smaller scale conflicts," including Nominhan, and 1945. I qualified 1945 by saying "until Germany was defeated." Russia's "excuse" was that Japan wouldn't surrender to the Allies and that she was "piling on." But she stopped when everyone else did.
Nov
19
comment What was the role of U.S. involvement in World War II?
@Oldcat: The Soviet Union outproduced Germamy 2 to 1 in weaponry with 2/3 the industrial capacity. But one reason was the large amount of Lend Lease RAW materials (aluminum, oil, cotton), rather than weaponry.
Nov
15
comment Why were Soviets so extremely effective snipers in WW2?
@LateralFractal: Your point ties in with my point 4, "urban settings."
Nov
15
comment Why were Soviets so extremely effective snipers in WW2?
@CsBalazsHungary: General Chuikov made this point in "The Battle For Stalingrad."
Nov
14
answered Why were Soviets so extremely effective snipers in WW2?
Nov
14
revised What was unreasonable about Austria's ultimatum to Serbia?
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Nov
14
comment What was unreasonable about Austria's ultimatum to Serbia?
@Matthaeus: Technically, you're right, but that comes dangerously close to violating Serbia's sovereignty. Note my discussion of Articles 4 and 5, whereby Serbia agreed to "enforcement" by international standards, but not Austrian standards.
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answered What was unreasonable about Austria's ultimatum to Serbia?
Nov
12
comment Did Andrew Jackson kill Dickinson fairly according to the customs of duels at the time?
@twosheds: Jackson was a much older man, who "out" for the blood of the younger Dickinson for insulting his wife. I won't incur Jackson's wrath by repeating what Dickinson said, except that it alluded to the fact that wife was not well thought of in "society."