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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


Feb
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revised Which country ruled Flanders in the 16th century?
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Feb
27
comment Which country ruled Flanders in the 16th century?
@PieterGeerkens: Only the seven NORTHERN provinces (modern Netherlands) adopted the Union of Utrecht, and a later declaration of independence.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netherlands. The differences between north and south is like the difference between the U.S. and Canada in 1776. Spain eventually recognized the independence of the northern provinces, but the Hapsburgs later got back the southern part (modern Belgium) which did spend time in "indentured servitude" to the north. I added a note to this effect to clarify.
Feb
26
comment Which country ruled Flanders in the 16th century?
@JeroenK: Thanks for the quick reversal. I've had similar "blind spots" myself.
Feb
26
revised Which country ruled Flanders in the 16th century?
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Feb
26
comment Which country ruled Flanders in the 16th century?
@JeroenK: But before Charles was Maximilian of Austria (who married Marie of Burgundy), and Charles father, (Maximilian and Marie's son), Philip the Fair. So the order is Austria, then Charles, then Spain, then Austria again. But "Austria again" was AFTER the 16th century.
Feb
21
accepted What is the historical background of the current Ukraine crisis?
Feb
20
comment What caused the turning point in Hundred Years' War?
@Oldcat: You mean under Bertand du Guesclin? history.stackexchange.com/questions/11125/…
Feb
20
revised What caused the turning point in Hundred Years' War?
Took out rhetoric to make question more objective.
Feb
20
answered What caused the turning point in Hundred Years' War?
Feb
20
revised What is the historical background of the current Ukraine crisis?
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Feb
20
revised What is the historical background of the current Ukraine crisis?
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Feb
20
asked What is the historical background of the current Ukraine crisis?
Feb
18
comment Why did Italy abandon its alliance with Germany in WW1 and join the Allied side?
@astabada: Italy and Germany were allied after a fashion in 1870, but basically against Austria. Italy and France had also been allied earlier against Austria. When wars broke out between Germany and France, Italy was "on the fence"--until 1915.
Feb
17
comment General Sherman's March to the Sea
I have tried to make the question more objective by asking what historians thought, and nominate it for re-opening in its current form.
Feb
17
revised General Sherman's March to the Sea
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Feb
14
answered How did Charles V come to control part of Spain?
Feb
11
revised Why was there no concerted effort to end the Barbary pirate raids until the 1800's?
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Feb
11
answered Why was there no concerted effort to end the Barbary pirate raids until the 1800's?
Feb
8
comment What was the custom/consensus regarding irregular combatants 19th century?
I have reworded the question to ask for its (19th century) CONTEXT, and wonder if it can be re-opened in its current form.
Feb
8
revised What was the custom/consensus regarding irregular combatants 19th century?
Tried to put question in context.