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Weapons and Warfare in Renaissance Europe: Gunpowder, Technology, and Tactics

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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 ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 18th 2001 by Johns Hopkins University Press (first published May 12th 1997)
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Nathan
Dec 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If your are intersted in the muzzle velocity of muskets v. arquebuses or how the corning of gunpowder changed warfare, this is your book. If you are not into historical metallurgy or the production of saltpeter then maybe you should stay away, but if your are this book is a fascinating look into the development of early firearms. Worth reading for true nerds.
Tiredstars
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
One day I asked my friend "if longbows could fire faster and further than Napoleonic muskets, and armour had largely gone out of by that time, why didn't they come back into use?"
His reasonable answer was that you could train a large army to use muskets in a very short period of time, unlike the lifetime of practice for a longbow.

The question stuck with me though, and the more I learned about early firearms, the fewer good points they seemed to have. How did guns come to supplant bows? What role
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DavidO
Jun 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
This is probably going to sound lame, but I wanted more pictures. I think a history book is a bit dead feeling without a lot of pictures of the artifacts of the time. But the writing might be excellent though, I didn't give it a chance.
Katy
Nov 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Very clear and easy to read book. Went into a lot of the science of gunpowder, which is difficult to comprehend for someone who doesn't quite get science. But was sequentially understandable; very interesting read.
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Dec 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
"The Patterns of War Through the Eighteenth Century" wünscht rückblickend es wäre dieses Buch geworden.
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