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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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.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 Why did Europe not see Roman-era numbers of men participating in battles until the 17th century?
Very strong first effort.
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comment Why did Europe not see Roman-era numbers of men participating in battles until the 17th century?
@EvilWashingMachine: The way I'd put it is, is "why couldn't "France" muster more men at Crecy than the Romans at Asculum? And the reason was that even though "France" had 15-20 million people in 1346, it was a collection of feudal states. The French kings actually controlled maybe 4 million people, and fielded an army of 40,000 (1% of its population). Rome, at Asculum controlled 5 million people and fielded an army of 50,000 (also 1%). Hope this answers your question.
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comment Did the Southern States make any attempt to secede from the Union through an act of Congress?
You have two questions in one. I would delete the part after "If the Compact Theory does not hold water..."
Jan
25
comment Was the Stock Market Crash of 1929 a cause or result of the Great Depression?
@Steven Drennon: I have made the question more objective, and hopefully more answerable, by asking for the views of economic writers, and was wondering if the question can be re-opened in its current form.
Jan
13
comment Why did Great Britain switch alliances to France?
@JonStory: Semaphore demonstrated that Britain allied with France against Spain several times. There was also a "reversal of alliances" Britain-Austria vs. France and Prussia in the 1740s, and vice-versa in the 1750s. Not to say that Britain did this every single time; only that this was her tendency. So Britain wouldn't necessarily ally with others against an "arguably" stronger Prussia or Spain, but mainly against a "clear and present" danger.
Jan
12
comment Why were the 8th Route Army better at fighting the Japanese than the Nationalists were?
@Semaphore: Maybe not in WWII itself. But certainly AFTER the war.
Jan
12
comment Why were the 8th Route Army better at fighting the Japanese than the Nationalists were?
@Mark C.Wallace: I edited the post to make this clear.
Jan
12
comment Why were the 8th Route Army better at fighting the Japanese than the Nationalists were?
@Semaphore: The Communists were better GUERRILLA fighters than the Nationalists. Even if they were (initially) inferior in conventional warfare.
Jan
3
comment Did it make sense for the Roman Empire to build a great wall?
I made the question more objective by asking if it made sense to build a wall in the first place, and vote to re=open.
Dec
27
comment Did Herman Melville write the “textbook” chapters of Moby Dick?
@twosheds:Fair enough.
Dec
27
comment Did Herman Melville write the “textbook” chapters of Moby Dick?
@StevenDrennon: How about Biology, with regard to the "cetological" reference? The question (as re-written) would be, "Would a layman know this stuff, or would he need to get it from an expert
Dec
26
comment Jewish Slave Owners in the United States
"I don't think those numbers could be compared." Which is what "apples to oranges" means. (I sometimes confuse people with the use of American idiom.)
Dec
26
comment Jewish Slave Owners in the United States
Sorry, was trying to provide grist for your "mill."
Dec
26
comment Jewish Slave Owners in the United States
Seems like an "apples to oranges" comparison to me. Of course, a larger percentage of southern Jews owned slaves than "southerners" if you count the slaves themselves among those "southerners."
Dec
25
comment How did Asian Americans manage to become richer than an average American?
To the best of my knowledge, Korean- Vietnamese- and Chinese- Americans are not poorer "on average" than other Americans. (Maybe the Vietnamese.) They do have higher poverty rates because their wealth distributions are more skewed. More "low end" members of these groups are balanced by more high end members. The Filipinos are the opposite: less extremes of wealth and poverty, but they're no better off "on average" than other Asians,
Dec
21
comment Were there any Frankish/French kings who probably had no extramarital sexual relations?
I changed "definitely" to "probably" and nominate the question for re-opening in its current form. While nothing is definite, these things can be "proved" by "preponderance of evidence."
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
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.