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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of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.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 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.
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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.
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answered Why were troops with bayonets often effective against enemy cavalry even though the bayonet was a “secondary” weapon?
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comment Why did the musket become the standard infantry combat weapon in European armies around 1700?
@Lohoris: I kind of doubt that's the case. A musket with a bayonet attached to it has roughly the same length and weight as a spear. But thanks for getting me to think about this.
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comment What was the impetus behind the British Empire's acquisition of what is now Canada?
@Semaphore: Yes, fixed.
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