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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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.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 Why does the UK buy some of its major military hardware from the USA while France is self-reliant?
I'm willing to accept the premise as given, based on the diplomatic history of the countries going as far back as deGaulle. I have re-worded the question to solicit answers about this diplomatic history, which the current answers already address.
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revised Why does the UK buy some of its major military hardware from the USA while France is self-reliant?
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comment Did the pope try to suppress the number zero?
I stand corrected. Today, I would say that zero is an Arab "introduction" (to Europe), not invention. The rest of my earlier comment stands.
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awarded  Strunk & White
May
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answered What is Adios Bruce Lee?
May
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on What is the oldest movie theater in the US that has been in continuous use as a movie theater?
May
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reviewed No Action Needed Why didn't America finish Saddam Hussein after the first Gulf War?
May
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reviewed Leave Open How is history studied?
May
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comment How did Poland avoid partition in the 17th century, but not the 18th century?
Your answer is "plenty long" and more than adequate. Much longer might be "too long," for the site. Thank you for this much.
May
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comment Looking for a symbol for Southern USA communism
Florida plus "Alabama and a bit of surrounding states." I'd assume that he means Florida plus "West Florida" (the Gulf coasts of Alabama and Mississippi).
May
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comment Looking for a symbol for Southern USA communism
@DarekWędrychowski: Spanish Florida was known as EAST Florida, which is why it is hard for a non-American to find: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Florida. But the earlier talk about my struggles with Bogdan Chmielski got me to write the "partition" question.
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revised How did Poland avoid partition in the 17th century, but not the 18th century?
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asked How did Poland avoid partition in the 17th century, but not the 18th century?
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Are there any examples of people being able to predict the consequences of communication revolutions?
May
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revised In U.S. military forces, did black soldiers suffer a heavy racial segregation during World War II?
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comment Looking for a symbol for Southern USA communism
@DarekWędrychowski: Florida was part of "Spanish" North America. As such, there was a real chance that it would not become part of the USA. The three regions for which this applies are Florida, Texas, and California. Hence I would choose one of these in which to locate a hypothetical "UnAmerica." It's a bit like saying, why did Bogdan Chiemieski start his "depolonization" movement in the Ukraine, as opposed to further west.
May
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revised In U.S. military forces, did black soldiers suffer a heavy racial segregation during World War II?
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May
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reviewed Leave Open What is the difference between a professional historian and an amateur?
May
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comment What is the difference between a professional historian and an amateur?
I would say that Churchill was a "historian" because he PRACTICED history (and wrote about it later). In his case, a lot of "history" was actually autobiographical.
May
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comment Did the pope try to suppress the number zero?
I would note the zero was an ARAB (Muslim) "invention," so the Popes had at least some incentive to suppress it.