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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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.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 important were “columnar” strategies in Japan's invasion of China?
@Oldcat: I'm not sure about that. In the Civil War, the North followed the "columnar" strategy of dividing the Confederacy east and west using the Mississippi River as an "artery." A division of China north and south along the Yangtze might fulfill the same purpose. Japan is outnumbered four to one by China, can't expect to hold everything.
Oct
21
comment Is there evidence Muslim soldiers fought in the Continental Army?
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Oct
19
comment What were General Johnston's options during the Atlanta campaign?
@PieterGeerkens: Ok, fixed.
Oct
19
comment What were General Johnston's options during the Atlanta campaign?
@PieterGeerkens: Militarily, you are correct. But I referred to "a major turning point" because of political reasons. There was a fear that a successful defense of Atlanta would cause the defeat of President Lincoln in the polls, and possibly a reversal of his policies.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlanta_Campaign "The capture of Atlanta made an enormous contribution to Northern morale and was an important factor in the re-election of President Abraham Lincoln." Basically, the South's best hope at this point was for a "Frederician" miracle.
Oct
16
comment Why was there no solution found to Soviet famines and near-famines?
I recommend "Harvest of Sorrow," by Robert Conquest, the severely reduced the number of Ukrainians.
Oct
15
comment Capitalization of countries names in 1965
I consider this a "language" question, not a true history question.
Oct
14
comment Keynesian economics during his era
@MarkC.Wallace: I recommend the following book (which I read over thirty years ago). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Worldly_Philosophers The link also refers to problems sourcing the data, but this book is still somewhat "authoritative" in the field.
Oct
14
comment Why is Toledo not the capital of Spain anymore?
@Yair: Toledo was close to what was then the border of "Moorish" Spain to the south, which is to say that it was "unsafe." In the 12th century, the capital was moved NORTH to Valladolid (safer). In 1492, Ferdinand and Isabella (F&I)kicked the Moors out of Spain, meaning that Toledo (and Madrid) were once again "safe." But F&I may have kept the capital in Valladolid because that's where they got married. But their grandson, Philip II seemed to like the architecture in Madrid, and that's why he may have chosen Madrid over (nearby) Toledo.
Oct
13
comment What evidence is there that English Political divisions from the 1600s are replicated in American politics today?
The reason the above was true was because from 1860-about 1900, the Republican party (of Lincoln) was the "left" party, and the Democrat party was the "right" party. If you look at the colors of 1900 and now as being "left" and "right," the apparent reversal is explained. And 1976 (with southerner Jimmy Carter as the Democrat, was a "transition" election.
Oct
13
comment Did Marie Leszczyńska, queen of France, have any lovers?
@DarekWędrychowski: Unfortunately, I have a recollection of Marie Antoinette being the "fix" paid to France for not interfering in the first partition of Poland, something that Poles should take note of (if true, or even plausible.
Oct
13
comment How much firepower did the British navy represent in 1940?
@LateralFractal: Fair enough. But it's comforting to know that the British navy had "50" divisions of artillery. As a practical matter, I would expect most of the navy to be destroyed interdicting the beachhead, and 20-25 divisions worth after the "mutually assured destruction" to help clean up what German infantry was left ashore.
Oct
13
comment How much firepower did the British navy represent in 1940?
Upvoted. Even though your answer was "incomplete," it was hugely helpful in constructing my own answer.
Oct
12
comment How were the borders of the Holy Roman Empire established?
No, I meant to amplify your point about "stability," by emphasizing that the border was stable on one side (the eastern side) of the arc. (And I was double-checking to make sure I understood you, having mis-understood you from time to time in the past.)
Oct
12
comment How were the borders of the Holy Roman Empire established?
If I understand you correctly, you're saying that the eastern borders (and northeast and southeast) of the HRE remained stable the whole time, even while a bunch of changes occurred in the "west" "Italy, the Rhinelands, and Low Countries."
Oct
11
comment Did Bismarck have any influence on Hitler?
Bismarck started the "Three Emperor's Alliance of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and RUSSIA. boardgames.stackexchange.com/questions/4197/…
Oct
4
comment Was either side legally in the right in the Hundred Years War?
I edited the title to raise the notion of "legality." Once that is defined, it is possible to go on to answer the question.
Oct
2
comment Is there a reason for a Queen's husband not to be referred to as King?
"Parliament... wanted the throne to be the sole possession of Mary, with William serving as Prince Consort, but Mary refused due to her self-imposed subservience to her husband." britannia.com/history/monarchs/mon51.html
Sep
30
comment Why were troops with bayonets often effective against enemy cavalry even though the bayonet was a “secondary” weapon?
Welcome to the site. An upvote for a good answer.
Sep
30
comment Has any generation generally agreed that the next generation was better?
@T.E.D.: According to Strauss and Howe (below), your generation's feeling toward Millennials parallels that of the Lost to the World War II generation. More to the point, the "Rendezvous" and Lost put their money where their mouth was through pro- "GI" legislation. As for the close votes, this question can be answered objectively through "expert" sources.
Sep
30
comment Why were troops with bayonets often effective against enemy cavalry even though the bayonet was a “secondary” weapon?
Why would squares be vulnerable to infantry? Against artillery, obviously.