Straight and True: A Select History of the Arrow by Hugh D. H. Soar (Hardback, 2011)
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- DescriptionThe arrow, essentially a specialized spear, is among the most ancient human inventions and can be found in cultures throughout the world. The need to launch a projectile farther and with greater accuracy than is possible with the human arm gave rise to a variety of solutions. Spearthrowers which extend the length of the user's arm and therefore transfer greater power to the projectile were developed far back in prehistory, and both the American Indian atlatl and the Australian woomera are examples of this techlogy. Blowpipes, too, are recorded in various cultures and represent ather ancient techlogy. It was soon discovered that a stringed bow could launch a small spear-like projectile we w kw as the arrow, and this combination became the dominant method for shooting projectiles for tens of thousands of years. A wonderfully simple device, the arrow and bow revolutionized both hunting and warfare, t only because of the speed, force, and accuracy that could be achieved, but by the fact that the arrow makes almost sound as it flies toward its target, providing an essential element of surprise. In The Arrow: A Brief History, Hugh D. H. Soar describes the transition from hand-thrown spear to bow-launched arrow and then follows the arrow's developments in cultures around the world and across time. The book describes arrows found in Neolithic sites; those used by North and South American Indians--including a detailed discussion of poison-tipped arrows; arrows used in China, Japan, and Mongolia; and finally the arrow in Europe, where it was successfully paired with the longbow during the Middle Ages. The author completes his survey with the changes in techlogy introduced during the twentieth century though the use of aluminum and other light-weight metals as well as synthetic materials to construct parts of the arrow. Relying on his considerable kwledge accumulated through decades of research, the author provides the reader with an appreciation for a humble device that, coupled with the bow, changed the history of the world.
- Author BiographyHUGH D. H. SOAR is one of the world s leading experts in the history of archery, particularly the design and use of the longbow. He is author of a number of important books on archery. including The Crooked Stick: A History of the Longbow, The Romance of Archery: A Social History of the Longbow, and, with Joseph Gibbs, Christopher Jury, and Mark Stretton, Secrets of the English War Bow, all available from Westholme Publishing.
- Author(s)Hugh D. H. Soar
- PublisherWestholme Publishing, U.S.
- Date of Publication20/10/2011
- SubjectMilitary History
- Place of PublicationYardley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintWestholme Publishing, U.S.
- Content Note30 b/w illus., maps
- Weight522 g
- Width234 mm
- Height152 mm
- Spine25 mm
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