Weapons and warfare in Renaissance Europe : gunpowder, technology, and tactics

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Weapons and warfare in Renaissance Europe : gunpowder, technology, and tactics

Bert S. Hall

(John Hopkins studies in the history of technology, new ser., no. 22)

Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997

  • : pbk
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Weapons & warfare in Renaissance Europe

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Includes bibliographical references and index

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: pbk ISBN 9780801855313

内容説明

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. 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. In reassessing the integration of gunpowder weapons into European warfare, Hall discovers, that the "gunpowder revolution" was in fact an evolutionary process consisting of both dramatic innovations and minor improvements, a process that not only transformed the European way of war but also influenced European statecraft as society moved from the medieval to the modern.
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: [pbk] ISBN 9780801869945

内容説明

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.

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