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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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.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
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answered How was Hitler able to rearm?
May
8
asked Has history mistreated Nero?
May
8
comment What literary or philosophical works did the ancient Egyptians have that have influenced ancient civilizations or the modern word?
A Google search turns up "ancient Egyptian literature." But it is NOT simple in terms of relating that literature to the modern world.
May
8
comment At what point was the Byzantine Empire's decline irreversible?
On your other question, you should have said something like "under the [so-called] theme system, Asia Minor was a large source of manpower for the emperors." You DID know something about this topic, so you should show what you know, so that answerers know what NOT to explain.
May
8
comment What was the general idea of the 'Theme' system that the Byzantines employed?
This is not even as good a question for the site than the other one. Here, we're starting from "Ground Zero." A question is supposed to give us a better "start" or "platform" than this. Coming in, you're supposed to at least know what a theme system is. Then an acceptable question would be "how dd it work?"
May
8
comment Why did the Fourth Crusade sack Constantinople?
This is a "bad" question for the site because it doesn't look like you've done any research. Members of the site prefer to deal with questioners who have PART of the question under their "control" and need help filling some gaps.
May
8
comment Was the State of Indiana's legislation changed to fix the value of Pi?
This is considered a "good" question for the site because it lends itself well to "book" answers like the one below. Other questions may be more "interesting," but the site discourages questions that tend to generate debate. In general, ask yourself, "Is this the kind of question that a computer, or a person working with a computer, would be good at answering?"
May
8
comment Was the State of Indiana's legislation changed to fix the value of Pi?
Not a bad question although possibly better suited for the Politics site.
May
8
answered Which is the first genocide?
May
7
comment Why did Hitler declare war on the USA?
@jwenting: Yes, acting on their own, and against Hitler's "official" instructions, a number of German ships sank American ships "accidentally on purpose."
May
7
comment Why did Hitler declare war on the USA?
@EvanPak: But at that time (and even today), the U.S. was less than 350 years old. It was regarded by many Europeans as a "nouveau riche" country, and therefore not to be taken seriously. Of course, we "Americans" know better.
May
7
awarded  Sportsmanship
May
7
comment What was involved in “grounding arms?”
@NathanCooper: Your comments are helpful. You might consider putting them in the form of an answer.
May
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revised What was involved in “grounding arms?”
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May
7
comment What was involved in “grounding arms?”
@Nathan Cooper: The original version of my title was, "what protocols were involved in "grounding arms." In the question, I said, "APPARENTLY it was a form of surrender" because I was only 90% sure. So even IF soldiers were surrendering by "grounding arms," what were the protocols involved?
May
7
comment Why did the Germans fall behind the Americans in the development of the atomic bomb after an initial lead?
Welcome to THIS site. A good answer, worthy of an upvote to get you started.
May
7
comment How did the First French Empire and allies differ from the other European monarchies at that time?
@T.E.D.: I was using a "figure of speech" and put quotation marks and a parenthetical to clarify.
May
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revised How did the First French Empire and allies differ from the other European monarchies at that time?
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May
7
accepted Why did the Russians lose to the Turks in 1711 after defeating them in 1700 and the Swedes in 1709?
May
7
comment How did the First French Empire and allies differ from the other European monarchies at that time?
@FelixGoldberg: the post has been edited (and the second part deleted).