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

Bert S. Hall

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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書名 Weapons and warfare in Renaissance Europe : gunpowder, technology, and tactics
著作者等 Hall, Bert S
書名別名 Weapons & warfare in Renaissance Europe
シリーズ名 John Hopkins studies in the history of technology
出版元 Johns Hopkins University Press
刊行年月 1997
ページ数 xiii, 300 p., [2] p. of plates
大きさ 25 cm
ISBN 0801869943
0801855314
NCID BA30800054
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国
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