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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


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comment What were General Johnston's options during the Atlanta campaign?
Another good answer.
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comment Does Grant's use of attrition tactic support his reputation as a general?
Welcome to the site. Great answer.
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answered Why did Allied invasion of France occur only in 1944 and not earlier?
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comment What allowed the British to be able to burn Washington D.C. in the war of 1812?
Bottom line: The British captured Washington, so they could burn it.
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comment In Civil War Reenactments why do people walk across the battlefield
Is there anything "unsafe" about the e.g cannonballs? I'm assuming that they are made of paper mache or some similar material that wouldn't hurt anyone that they came into contact with?
Apr
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comment How much did it cost to maintain Gustavus Adolphus' army? How much of it was paid by Richelieu?
Great response to an interesting question. Hmmm, 2 percent of France's budget versus one quarter of Sweden's. Meaning that Sweden's economy was 8 percent the size of France's. If Sweden was a great power, it was clearly "punching above its weight."
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comment What was character of Chmielnitski's rise?
@enedil:The sequence of events is something like the following. 1) He got into a fight with the one noble. 2) the other Polish nobles supported the first noble. 3) He incited the Cossacks against the Polish nobles and started a war. 4) He won early, and started to lose. 5) He tried to recoup his losses by allying with Russia ("out of the frying pan into a fire"). The "character of the rising is that a private quarrel "morphed" into a multinational war.
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comment How did the Dutch East India Company (VOC) have so much revenue when they only control small part of Indonesia?
@PieterGeerkens: I meant the PEOPLE were concentrated (not the land) and edited the post to make it clear. Indonesia has a LAND area of 735,000 square miles, and a population of 237 million. Java by itself has 54.000 square miles and a population of 143 million. That's 60 percent of the population in 7 percent of the land area, which spells "concentration" to me. The question was, how did the VOC "corner" Indonesia's trade when it controlled only a small part of the country. Control that 7 percent or slightly more) and you're there. – Tom Au 1 hour ago
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accepted How and why did Polish rule over the Ukraine “downwardly deviate” from Lithuanian rule?