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- DescriptionThis book is a history of firearms across the world from the 1100s up to the 1700s, from the time of their invention in China to the time when European firearms had become clearly superior. It asks why it was the Europeans who perfected firearms when it was the Chinese who had invented them, but it answers this question by looking at how firearms were used throughout the world. Early firearms were restricted to infantry and siege warfare, limiting their use outside of Europe and Japan. Steppe and desert mads imposed a different style of warfare on the Middle East, India, and China - a style with which firearms were incompatible. By the time that better firearms allowed these regions to turn the tables on the mads, Japan's self-imposed isolation left Europe with rival in firearms design, production, or use, with consequences that are still with us today.
- Author BiographyKenneth W. Chase is an attorney at the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton. He received his Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University and his J.D. from Stanford Law School.
- Author(s)Kenneth Chase
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication07/07/2003
- SubjectFishing, Field Sports & Outdoor Activities
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note1 line diagram 9 half-tones 5 maps
- Weight590 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine26 mm
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