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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


Dec
16
comment What was the American response to the Sino-Soviet border conflict?
@user45891: Added a new paragraph to address your concerns.
Dec
15
comment Why did the offices of Shogun and Emperor never merge?
@Semaphore: Added explanation.
Dec
15
comment Why have officers in the U.S. army tended to “top out” at the level of Major?
@cpast: I stand corrected on the platoon leaders issue (and made corrections). I stand by my comments on British vs. U.S. military, because in the British army, officers tend to "top out" at Captain, vs. Major in the U.S. army, and in either case, at company commander.
Dec
14
comment Was the anti-slavery characteristic of the US Civil War unique in global history?
possible duplicate of Why wasn't the American civil war fought between slaves and masters?
Dec
11
comment How did diplomats of the Axis powers travel and communicate among themselves in World War II
@Anixx: Added (correcting) qualifiers to my comments.
Dec
2
comment Sieges: Average Attacker to Defender Ratio in Middle Ages
In the siege of Alesia, 54 B.C., there were something like 50,000 Roman attackers and 80,000 Gallic defenders, a ratio decidedly less than 1 to 1. Relative attacker efficiency DECLINED in the Middle Ages.
Nov
26
comment Why did the Nazis invent videotelephony?
@Semaphore: I edited the question to take out the superlatives. I think the "core" question is OK.
Nov
25
comment What was the attitude of Brazil's government towards the Spanish Civil War?
@NeMo: That's the thing, when I surfed the net, his statements on Franco were notably ABSENT. And Salazar's was notably present.
Nov
24
comment Did the militarists in Japan look to the Nazis as a model during their takeover?
The Japanese wanted a "racial equality" clause in the League of Nations charter. President Wilson was inclined to include it; until SOUTHERN U.S. Senators objected, because of the "problems" such a declaration would cause at home.
Nov
24
comment Other examples of Enclave created for protection of a Mixed Race
Most of such enclaves would probably have been set up in South Africa. That was the "ultimate" social experiment in mixed race relations.
Nov
21
comment Chiang's allies were “a kidnapper, a hooligan and a bully” but which was which?
@Semaphore: Actually, the Big 4 represented the UN Security Council ('s permanent members) at the time. France came later.
Nov
21
comment Chiang's allies were “a kidnapper, a hooligan and a bully” but which was which?
Actually, the "Big Four" were the core of the original 26 nations of the UN. There were three other groups: 1) British Commonwealth nations 2) U.S.-aligned Western Hemisphere Nations and 3) occupied nations such as Norway, Poland, and the Benelux countries whose governments in exile supported the Allies.
Nov
20
comment Chiang's allies were “a kidnapper, a hooligan and a bully” but which was which?
@T.E.D.: Let's just say it came through the "family." There are other relatives, but I listed the most prominent one.
Nov
19
comment Throughout history, how many wars have there been between Russia and Japan?
@Oldcat: I'd say one "full scale" war plus "smaller scale conflicts," including Nominhan, and 1945. I qualified 1945 by saying "until Germany was defeated." Russia's "excuse" was that Japan wouldn't surrender to the Allies and that she was "piling on." But she stopped when everyone else did.
Nov
19
comment What was the role of U.S. involvement in World War II?
@Oldcat: The Soviet Union outproduced Germamy 2 to 1 in weaponry with 2/3 the industrial capacity. But one reason was the large amount of Lend Lease RAW materials (aluminum, oil, cotton), rather than weaponry.
Nov
15
comment Why were Soviets so extremely effective snipers in WW2?
@LateralFractal: Your point ties in with my point 4, "urban settings."
Nov
15
comment Why were Soviets so extremely effective snipers in WW2?
@CsBalazsHungary: General Chuikov made this point in "The Battle For Stalingrad."
Nov
14
comment What was unreasonable about Austria's ultimatum to Serbia?
@Matthaeus: Technically, you're right, but that comes dangerously close to violating Serbia's sovereignty. Note my discussion of Articles 4 and 5, whereby Serbia agreed to "enforcement" by international standards, but not Austrian standards.
Nov
12
comment Did Andrew Jackson kill Dickinson fairly according to the customs of duels at the time?
@twosheds: Jackson was a much older man, who "out" for the blood of the younger Dickinson for insulting his wife. I won't incur Jackson's wrath by repeating what Dickinson said, except that it alluded to the fact that wife was not well thought of in "society."
Nov
12
comment Why were rockets not popular as part of artillery until 20th century?
@vsz: That's true. Even so, their accuracy is somewhat limited. That's why I used the example of "Chinese" ICBM's, which are quite a bit less accurate than ours. But in any event, rockets have been less accurate than artillery in both the 19th and 20th centuries (per the OP's question). If you want to talk about the 21st, that's a different story.