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Weapons and Warfare in Renaissance Europe : Gunpowder, Technology, and Tactics - Bert S. Hall

Weapons and Warfare in Renaissance Europe

Gunpowder, Technology, and Tactics

Paperback Published: 1st January 2002
ISBN: 9780801869945
Number Of Pages: 320
For Ages: 22+ years old

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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.

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Hall has long been recognized as a leading authority on early modern military technology. Scholars of the period and historians in general will find this the best treatment to date of the impact of gunpowder on Western Europe during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. * History: Reviews of New Books *
Combines a good grasp of military history with an understanding of the history of technology... Hall manages to integrate his technical discussion into a refreshing reinterpretation of general military history in the period, and his book is an engrossing read. * American Historical Review *

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
Alternative Weapons and Tactics in the Later Middle Agesp. 9
Gunpowder's First Century, ca. 1325-ca. 1425p. 41
Black Powder in the Fifteenth Centuryp. 67
Firearms in Warfare (I): The Fifteenth Centuryp. 105
Interlude: Smoothbore Ballisticsp. 134
Firearms in Warfare (II): The Sixteenth Centuryp. 157
Technology and the Military Revolutionp. 201
Notesp. 237
Bibliographyp. 265
Indexp. 289
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ISBN: 9780801869945
ISBN-10: 0801869943
Series: Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st January 2002
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.47