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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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.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 How did Farragut know he could get his fleet through the Confederate line of “torpedos” at Mobile Bay?
@Oldcat: OK, changed it to "capture" of New Orleans.
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comment How was Hitler able to rearm?
@CGCampbell: It was a breach of the Versailles Treaty. One breach soon led to others.
Jul
20
comment What does “Brown-Bread Eater” mean when used as an insult?
+1 for "Uptown Girl."
Jul
14
comment Was Marie Antoinette considered a fully legitimate bride for the heir apparent to the French throne in 1770?
@Drux: That book probably doesn't exist, at least until I write it.
Jul
2
comment Did Churchill and Roosevelt know about the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, or the following secret pacts between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union?
@FelixGoldberg: The Poles were the victims, so others were reluctant to tell them. When one spouse is "running around" on the other, it's not uncommon for all the mutual friends to find out before the wronged spouse.
Jul
1
comment Why did email use develop in tandem with the internet, rather than other technologies?
@Semaphore: That's a key point, one that I had entirely overlooked. Why don't you put it in an answer?
Jul
1
comment Why did email use develop in tandem with the internet, rather than other technologies?
@MarkC.Wallace: I edited the first paragraph to say, keyboard to cartridge, to telex machine, to modem, to (telex) terminal.
Jul
1
comment Why did email use develop in tandem with the internet, rather than other technologies?
Brilliant answer. Maybe you'd like to take a crack at the other question I asked on user experience, the gist of which was why didn't phone companies create new lines for new applications? ux.stackexchange.com/questions/55765/…
Jun
29
comment How many people in the US starved to death during the Great Depression?
I wouldn't believe that Russian source. They have an axe to grind.
Jun
28
comment Why bother attacking castles at all? Why not go around?
@andy256: Enemey armies are accompanied by enemy leaders. It's a rare (and foolish) leader that's not with his strongest army. One advantage of a siege is that the enemy leader is isolated and can't communicate with the relief forces; as the Romans and Gauls found out at Alesia.
Jun
27
comment German Murderous tendency?
@Joe: I agree with you, and cast my vote on "opinion based."
Jun
24
comment When did aircraft carriers eclipse battleships as the “King of the seas”?
Pearl Harbor was considered a "fluke" or at least "unrepresentative," because it was a surprise attack. Midway was a "stand up" fight.
Jun
19
comment Have Adolf Hitler ever personally witnessed any of his crimes?
@Bak1139: "Here" is not nearly as good a place as "there."
Jun
19
comment Have Adolf Hitler ever personally witnessed any of his crimes?
@Bak1139: Your comment should have gone into the original question.
Jun
17
comment Was the Missouri Compromise too arbitrary to stop spreading of slavery to the west and the north?
@Oldcat: "Deleted" California. It was the states east and southeast of it that were "in play."
Jun
12
comment What differentiated Rome from other Mediterranean (e.g. Greek) city states?
@N0ir: You're supposed to give the facts (as you know them), and ask a question based on those facts. You did, after a fashion. I restructured the question to ask for "remaining" facts, about what (positively) "differentiated" Rome from the others.
Jun
9
comment Why hasn't Russia maintained significant numbers of Aircraft carriers?
@Oldcat:Ok, fixed.
Jun
8
comment Why hasn't Russia maintained significant numbers of Aircraft carriers?
I made the question "historical" (and therefore "more" on-topic), by putting it in the past tense.
May
16
comment Was Charles V opposed to commoners learning?
What leads you believe this? What is the context of this question? Is it something he said or did?
May
8
comment Unemployed people in ancient Rome
I fleshed out the question in paragraphs 3 and 4, and narrowed the time as of the second century B.C. (after the Punic Wars), and voted to reopen the question in its current form.