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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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.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
21
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.
Apr
21
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
21
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."
Apr
18
comment Why is poverty so prevalent among Japanese women?
This question appears to be off-topic because it ask for research topic recommendations.
Apr
18
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.
Apr
18
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
Apr
17
comment Was Ley ever married to Rudolf Hess's sister?
@DVK: I thought the quote was attributed to Karl Lueger, Mayor of Vienna.
Apr
16
comment How common were horses around the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries?
I specified which "turn of the century." We had one more recently than 1900.
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
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
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
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
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?"
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
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
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
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."