January 18th, 2015

Fun Krugman post about history

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/18/mongols-of-the-sea-amateur-historical-speculation/

He speculates that the western Atlantic fringe dominated during war on the sea because of skills developed during peace time, just like nomadic steppe empires dominated because they had a lot of archers on horseback during peace time.

I love it! I don't see any obvious problems with it, but I don't think I've ever thought of those two side by side.