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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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.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
31
accepted Who uses a pre-“Gregorian” calendar and why?
Jan
31
comment What forces/incentives drove the Mongols to conquer a much larger land territory than they could comfortably settle or rule?
@PieterGeerkens: There is a link to Genghis Khan in the first paragraph that serves as a factual reference for my comments. The interpretations are mine.
Jan
29
reviewed Leave Open African Clicking Language
Jan
28
reviewed Edit and Reopen Why does only Iran have a Governor of the Jurisprudence?
Jan
28
revised Why does only Iran have a Governor of the Jurisprudence?
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Jan
28
reviewed Leave Closed Why did the Sykes-Picot agreement divided the middle east into more than 10 countries?
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