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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


Aug
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answered Why did American public opinion move away from isolationism in 1940-41?
Jul
31
comment Who invented psychological pricing?
@AmericanLuke: The point of this site is to ANSWER THE QUESTION. If "copy-paste Wikipedia in your own words" is a good way to do it, that's what I'll do. While Wikipedia provided the facts for my answer, the interpretations are mine, as always.
Jul
31
revised Who invented psychological pricing?
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Jul
30
answered Who invented psychological pricing?
Jul
26
answered Did it matter that the Red Army clung on to Stalingrad's west bank in 1942?
Jul
26
answered Why did Peter the Great crown Catherine I as Empress?
Jul
26
awarded  war
Jul
25
awarded  Revival
Jul
24
comment What is an open city?
Sports is a "civilized" microcosm of war.
Jul
24
answered What is an open city?
Jul
19
awarded  europe
Jul
18
comment Has a state ever “attacked” another one by printing fake money?
In one of the books about the siege of Leningrad (I believe it was Harrison Salisbury's "900 Days)," the author suggested that the Nazis might have captured the city by printing and "distributing" fake ration coupons, creating more "demand" for food than there was supply, and causing chaos. Fortunately, they didn't.
Jul
18
comment Do we know of other examples of modern Utilitarian/Poltical 'cannibalism' (as defined by Carlyle), besides the French Revolutionaries and the Nazis?
What I meant was that the Nazis (and French) "reduced" their victims to the level of animals (in their own minds), which is reflected in their treatment of them.
Jul
18
revised Do we know of other examples of modern Utilitarian/Poltical 'cannibalism' (as defined by Carlyle), besides the French Revolutionaries and the Nazis?
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Jul
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comment Do we know of other examples of modern Utilitarian/Poltical 'cannibalism' (as defined by Carlyle), besides the French Revolutionaries and the Nazis?
"Cannabalism" is a bit lurid, but this figure of speech WAS used by Carlyle. And the gist of the question was, besides French Revolutionaries and Nazis, did any group of people treat fellow human beings as they might treat animals?
Jul
18
accepted Were some Yugoslav “nationalities” more pro-Axis/Allied than others during World War II
Jul
17
awarded  Nice Question
Jul
17
accepted How and why did the “Green Gang” hold the balance of power in Shanghai in 1927?
Jul
17
revised Why does Moldova have a different social network than rest of Russian region
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Jul
17
comment Why does Moldova have a different social network than rest of Russian region
You mean based on my "expanded" version of your question?