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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


Jan
27
reviewed Leave Open What is the history of Cartography?
Jan
27
reviewed Leave Open What scholarly positions exist evaluating Thatcher's competence and the desirability of her government's policies?
Jan
24
revised Why did Britain not purchase Alaska when Russia had it up for sale?
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Jan
24
comment Why did Britain not purchase Alaska when Russia had it up for sale?
@Oldcat: Exactly the point I was trying to make. "The enemy of my enemy is my friend." And the reunited U.S. threatened to go to war with France over Mexico, so Napoleon III just abandoned his "puppet," Maximilian.
Jan
23
reviewed Leave Open Where in Basel was the first Zionist Congress held in 1897?
Jan
20
comment Why were the Merovingians so reviled?
@PieterGeerkens: The OP (unlike most of us), is a woman. So while your comment is well taken, I'd use another metaphor.
Jan
20
comment Why were the Merovingians so reviled?
@LennartRegebro: I don't like the term "a bunch of hogwash." But I deleted the post because I now believe that it was "unsubstantiated" or "poorly founded."
Jan
19
comment Why did Charles V divide his holdings as he did?
I tend to agree with Guy F-W. My understanding (gleaned in part from your answer) was that Charles V had "farmed out" pieces of his holdings to Ferdinand, or Philip earlier, and that the final division was part of the "farming out" process. My only quarrel is with your somewhat speculative last paragraph, but if you could tie Philip's inheritance of the Netherlands to an earlier "farming out" decision, that would make it a good answer.
Jan
19
comment Why were the Merovingians so reviled?
@FelixGoldberg: Actually, these were the recollections of Baltics (e.g. Estonians), who remembered the "golden era" or Swedish rule, followed by more "feudalistic" Russian or Polish rule. See my latest question, history.stackexchange.com/questions/11474/… centuries So I took this phenomenon back 1000 years to the Merovingians.
Jan
19
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What is the origin/history of the practice of standing up if an elder or respectable is approaching?
Jan
19
revised Why were the Merovingians so reviled?
Correct spelling, add disclaimer.
Jan
15
comment How did Aztec armor and weaponry match up to the Spaniards?
"The best hope of generating such would of been to lure the Spaniards into an enclosed area and trapped them there." Is that why the Spanish lost about 1,000 (out of about 3,000) troops in the initial battle at Technoctitlan, and only 100 or so on the return march?
Jan
15
revised Why did Charles V divide his holdings as he did?
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Jan
15
awarded  Notable Question
Jan
15
answered Why did the Union army favor a “western” route to approaching Richmond during the American Civil War
Jan
14
asked Why did Charles V divide his holdings as he did?
Jan
13
comment How was the United States able to produce excellent tanks in 1942?
@Pieter Geerkens: Did you downvote this post? (You usually give a reason when you do.)
Jan
13
comment What were the advantages and disadvantages of Mongolian cavalry (compared to European cavalry)?
@AlexP: I would say archetypical Western European knight. But would consider an answer using eastern European cavalry as an "intermediate" case. I don't see eastern European cavalry as having any advantages over the Mongols, but may be wrong.
Jan
12
comment What were the advantages and disadvantages of Mongolian cavalry (compared to European cavalry)?
@PieterGeerkens: OK, deleted some questions.
Jan
12
revised What were the advantages and disadvantages of Mongolian cavalry (compared to European cavalry)?
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