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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


Apr
10
comment How did the United States penal system evolve?
This might be a better fit for Politics SE.
Apr
10
comment Did technical managers have to join the Nazi party?
Do you have a PhD in History? That would make you a "real" historian.
Apr
10
comment What is the best historical example of conflict between two cultures with differing levels of technology?
This is a pretty broad question, for which I can think of maybe 100 examples.
Apr
9
comment How were the Bulgarians regarded by the Nazis during World War II?
@PieterGeerkens: Interesting. Sources?
Apr
9
answered What factors made Austria adhere to “Diplomacy through marriage” doctrine?
Apr
9
answered Non-voluntary deferments in WWII?
Apr
8
revised Why were people from the Asian Steppes able to militarily dominate Europeans on a repeated basis?
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Apr
8
comment Why were people from the Asian Steppes able to militarily dominate Europeans on a repeated basis?
@Anixx: I didn't say that the Asians/Mongols had an "absolute" advantage over the Europeans. I said, that they had a "comparative" advantage. That is, they were at a slight disadvantage in arms, but at a much greater disadvantage in trade, which induced them to specialize in fighting. And while Europe had many NOBLES as professional warriors, the Mongols, who conscripted the "common man," had many more.
Apr
6
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Apr
4
comment Did the Glaswegian tobacco lords help precipitate the American war of independence?
@MarkC.Wallace: I incorporated your suggestion in a revision.
Apr
4
revised Did the Glaswegian tobacco lords help precipitate the American war of independence?
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Apr
4
comment Did the Glaswegian tobacco lords help precipitate the American war of independence?
Interesting theory. I tried to limit the scope of the question to "one of the factors."
Apr
4
revised Did the Glaswegian tobacco lords help precipitate the American war of independence?
Limited scope of question
Apr
3
comment How did the Nazis view Dickens' Oliver Twist?
This would stand to reason. Fagin's portrayal was "bad enough" for the Nazis; there was no need for him to be portrayed as "maximum bad." Also, Dickensian novels draw an unflattering comparison between the living standards of English industrial workers, and their German counterparts, who earned enough to eat meat twice a week. (This was because of the competition from the Prussian army, who fed its soldiers such rations, which were high for the 18th and 19th centuries.)
Apr
1
accepted Why did Charles V divide his holdings as he did?
Mar
31
answered How did British queens get power over kings despite a male-dominant society?
Mar
27
comment What is the oldest state/nation that has abolished the death penalty?
@T.E.D.: I'm not sure if modern Japan also has no death penalty, but I get the impression that WWII Japan, at least, had the death penalty, given its "death marches," etc. So I would not credit Japan with "continuous" abolition of the death penalty, even it was abolished for 338 years in an earlier epoch.
Mar
27
comment Recent History Books
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about asking for a list.
Mar
26
comment What are some examples of historiography regarding the reasons for the Soviet Union's collapse?
This is a better question (or at least more suitable for the site) than the original.
Mar
25
revised How did the Egyptian engineers of the Third and Fourth Dynasty construct the Pyramids and Sphinx without modern science and mathematics?
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