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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


Apr
19
answered Can we classify holocaust as Hitler's war time strategic mistake?
Apr
19
answered What would be a typical rank for KGB intelligence offices spying abroad in the 1980s?
Apr
18
answered Historical and biblical names for bottles of wine
Apr
17
comment Did the Austrians win a “great victory” at Belgrade in 1738?
I'll give you the "significant role," but not the victory. Genealogies sometimes exaggerated. They were better with the accomplishments of individuals, than of whole countries. In World War II, there was an officer who invented "Jock's columns," that inflicted "heavy loss" on(but never really got the better of) Rommel.
Apr
17
answered Did the Austrians win a “great victory” at Belgrade in 1738?
Apr
17
revised How popular was Mozart in France before WWII and after it?
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Apr
17
comment How popular was Mozart in France before WWII and after it?
Interesting question, +1.
Apr
17
revised How popular was Mozart in France before WWII and after it?
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Apr
17
answered How popular was Mozart in France before WWII and after it?
Apr
15
comment The economic prosperity of former colonies and their demographic make up
"Colonies succeed if they are endowed by their parent empire with the habit of drinking tea." That appears to be true about British colonies, but not Chinese colonies.
Apr
15
revised Is there a possibility that the Islamic civilization visited America before Colombus?
Amended question to incorporate suggestions in comments.
Apr
15
revised Are there ways to measure “how much power did ”Russia“ lose when the Soviet Union broke up?”
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Apr
15
comment Have historians envisioned how World II would have developed without Churchill as Prime Minister of Britain?
@Drux: Very good point. Basically the kind of comment, or answer I hoped to draw. Or else, those "assessment papers" were recently "declassified" and are now the subject of historical research.
Apr
15
comment Have historians envisioned how World II would have developed without Churchill as Prime Minister of Britain?
@jwenting: As someone else noted, the question was NOT "Was this[Chamberlain] assumption a likely outcome?" but rather did some "recognized historian," envision this as a likely outcome. IMHO, Churchill did.
Apr
15
comment Have historians envisioned how World II would have developed without Churchill as Prime Minister of Britain?
@Darek Wędrychowski: I take CHURCHILL's quote to mean that without him, or someone like him to keep Britain in the war, the Allies lose. In my piece, I subdivided "Germany conquers Britain" into two scenarios: 1) An exhausted Germany invades the Soviet Union with two-thirds of her actual force (Allies win) and Germany invades the Soviet Union with FOUR-thirds of her actual force (counting British support), Allies lose.
Apr
14
comment Have historians envisioned how World II would have developed without Churchill as Prime Minister of Britain?
Not a bad point on "alternate history." But I managed to find an "informed opinion" by a REAL historian. See my answer below.
Apr
14
answered Have historians envisioned how World II would have developed without Churchill as Prime Minister of Britain?
Apr
12
revised Has scholarship shown that persecuted religious minorities have tended to be financially successful?
Tilted the question away from the "opinion," and toward the surrounding scholarship
Apr
12
comment Have historians envisioned how World II would have developed without Churchill as Prime Minister of Britain?
@MarkC.Wallace: "This would have happened" is an opinion. But "John Doe, recognized historian, had this opinion" is a fact.
Apr
12
asked Have historians envisioned how World II would have developed without Churchill as Prime Minister of Britain?