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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


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comment Did General Morillo unwittingly allude to a cause of Spain's decline in 1816?
You're right, it STARTED in the 17th century. But it CONTINUED in the 18th, and even 19th centuries.
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comment Oldest Code of Law?
I "anchored" the question by citing King Hammurabi and his code of laws. Can it now be reopened in its current form?
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comment Why did Stephen Ambrose believe that the election of Aaron Burr would have led to the end of the USA?
Welcome to the site and an upvote for a pretty good question. Only one caution: "Why would the election of Aaron Burr have led to the end of the USA?" is a "subjective" question that the site doesn't like. The "objective" (and acceptable) version is, "Why did Stephen Ambrose [or some other noted historian] believe that..."The reason is "Aaron Burr would have..." is an opinion (and frowned upon here), but "Stephen Ambrose believes that Aaron Burr would have..." is a FACT (about Stephen Ambrose).
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comment What types of Poison gasses were used in World War 1?
@jwenting:Not a bad point.
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comment Emigration restrictions in history
+1 from me. I like "Coonecticut Yankee in King Arhur's Court" type questions. But not everyone does
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comment Did the break up of AT & T in 1984 lead to technological innovation?
@DVK: The relevant Latin expression is Qui bono? Who benefits. Regulators initially hoped to increase competition by making equipment more available to competitors. But when A T& T protested, regulators "got there a different way" by taking away the company's chance to bundle costly and inferior long distance services with local service. It's like a child being told that he will be sent to bed without dinner as punishment, and the child's wishe to be spanked instead is granted.
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comment Who was the noble present at the Tennis Court Oath?
@Luke: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Constituent_Assembly. Here is a "modern" source. But I actually learned this fact reading about Lafayette in grade school.
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comment Who was the noble present at the Tennis Court Oath?
Welcome to the site. Some context would help this question a lot.
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