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Weapons and Warfare in Renaissance Europe explores the history of gunpowder in Europe from the thirteenth century, when it was first imported from China, to the sixteenth century, as firearms became central to the conduct of war. Bridging the fields of military history and the history of technology -- and challenging past assumptions about Europe's "gunpowder revolution" -- Hall discovers a complex and fascinating story. Military inventors faced a host of challenges, he finds, from Europe's lack of naturally occurring saltpeter -- one of gunpowder's major components -- to the limitations of smooth-bore firearms. Manufacturing cheap, reliable gunpowder proved a difficult feat, as did making firearms that had reasonably predictable performance characteristics. Hall details the efforts of armorers across Europe as they experimented with a variety of gunpowder recipes and gunsmithing techniques, and he examines the integration of new weapons into the existing structure of European warfare.
Review: Francis Bacon, writing in 1620, remarked that the magnetic compass, the printing press, and gunpowder changed the appearance and state of the whole world. Bert S. Hall focuses closely on the last innovation to examine the effects of changes in military technology on European history in the late Middle Ages and early modern era. Strategists, he writes, first used guns as a means of inducing panic in an enemy. When rival armies gained access to this technology, the psychological use of firearms gave way to their employment as weapons of mass destruction. With increased military power came a transformation in the power of states, allowing greater centralization and force. Military history buffs will find much of interest in these pages.
Buchbeschreibung The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997. Buchzustand: Very Good. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP58593654
Buchbeschreibung The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. 1st Edition. VG/VG, FIRST EDITION,light scuffs to top and bottom cloth edges else clean/unmarked NICE COPY IN MYLAR,WH. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 7181710
Buchbeschreibung The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 1997. Cloth. Buchzustand: Near Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Near Fine. First Edition. A nice, clean copy. ; Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology; B&W halftones; 9.30 X 6.20 X 1.20 inches; 300 pages. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 264182
Buchbeschreibung Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 1997. Original Blue Cloth Hardback. Buchzustand: Near Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good Plus. First Edition. 1997. First edition. xiii, 302pp., 22 illustrations and 3 maps. We often take for granted the importance of gunpowder in the development of European warfare without clearly understanding its role as a catalyst for historical change. This book explores the history of gunpowder in Europe from the 13th century, when it was first imported from China, to the 16th century, as firearms became central to the conduct of war. The book is in very good condition with bumping to the spine ends and top corners. The contents are tight and clean with no inscription. The unclipped dustwrapper is also very good with light shelfwear and light bumping to the spine ends and top corners. Size: 9.5'' Tall. Buchnummer des Verkäufers Technology050
Buchbeschreibung The Johns Hopkins University Press May 1997, 1997. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Used - Very Good. Very nice clean, tight copy free of any marks. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 214869
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Buchbeschreibung The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Used: Very Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers SONG0801855314
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Buchbeschreibung The Johns Hopkins University Press 1997-05-12, 1997. Hardcover. Buchzustand: good. 0801855314. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 562955
Buchbeschreibung The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997. Buchzustand: Fair. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In fair condition, suitable as a study copy. Dust Jacket in fair condition. , 700grams, ISBN:9780801855313. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 6667464