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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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.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
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revised How did cadet branches start?
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Apr
16
comment How common were horses at the beginning of the 20th century?
I specified which "turn of the century." We had one more recently than 1900.
Apr
16
revised How common were horses at the beginning of the 20th century?
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Apr
16
revised How did cadet branches start?
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Apr
16
answered How did cadet branches start?
Apr
16
answered Could a nobleman's land be enclosed within another noble's land?
Apr
14
answered Why did France make an alliance with the Kingdom of Sardinia-Piedmont in the 1850's?
Apr
14
comment Did Hitler make the right decision for Germany when he called off Operation Zitadelle (during the Battle of Kursk)?
@Oldcat: Actually, the southern offense was "working" (but only at the west end of the salient), and might have carried the day at Kursk. The point I tried to make was that was the "maximum" von Manstein should have hoped for, not the "minimum" as he did.
Apr
14
revised Do more Britons than Americans profess Christianity?
Defined America and Americans as "post British settlement."
Apr
14
revised Why did it take so long for humanity to be able to cross the oceans?
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Apr
14
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
13
comment Why are some Americans more religious than European counterparts?
@RazieMah: "Historically the majority of Americans have come from the Protestant regions of Europe." That's true of the early "settlers" (whose families came before 1800). I did my best to "patch" the question.
Apr
13
revised Why are some Americans more religious than European counterparts?
Set forth a rationale for limiting comparisons for Protestant Americans to Protestant Europe.
Apr
13
accepted How were the Bulgarians regarded by the Nazis during World War II?
Apr
13
comment Did Hitler make the right decision for Germany when he called off Operation Zitadelle (during the Battle of Kursk)?
@user1095108: Kursk was at the tip of the salient. Manstein could just about snap it off, "declare victory, and go home." Trying for more than that was too much. That includes a "massive encirclement" because detachment Kempf (on Mantein's east) was late to the battle.
Apr
12
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
12
comment Is the USA a superpower today because of WW2?
@Mindwin: That would be professor TUNG Au (my father). Many people confuse World Wars I and II. In this case, the OP didn't realize that America's contribution in World War II was the consequence and not the cause of (previous) superpower status. There was a relationship, just not the one the OP envisioned.
Apr
12
revised Why did it take so long for humanity to be able to cross the oceans?
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Apr
12
awarded  Necromancer
Apr
11
comment How did Swiss neutrality affect WW2?
The Swiss WERE neutral and this DID impact World War II, so I don't see anything "counterfactual" about this question. A truly "counterfactual" question would be, "What would have happened if the Swiss had sided with the Allies/Axis in WWII?"