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Firepower : how weapons shaped warfare, Paul Lockhart

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Firepower : how weapons shaped warfare
Title
Firepower
Title remainder
how weapons shaped warfare
Statement of responsibility
Paul Lockhart
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The history of warfare cannot be fully understood without considering the technology of killing. In Firepower, acclaimed historian Paul Lockhart tells the story of military technology from the Renaissance to the dawn of the atomic era -- five-hundred-year-long "age of firepower" during which the evolution of weaponry transformed the conduct of warfare in the West. Weapons technology had always influenced warfare. But the introduction of gunpowder weapons at the close of the Middle Ages made military technology the largest single factor shaping warfare's tactics, strategy, and logistics. Over the five centuries leading up to World War II, the art of war revolved around the ever-more-effective delivery of firepower, and the driving force of weapons development was the compulsion to make that possible. But for centuries, even as it became more effective, military weaponry remained simple and affordable enough that nearly any state could afford to equip a respectable army; weapons could be used and used again until they physically wore out. That all changed, very suddenly, around 1870. Widespread industrialization and rapid advances in metallurgy and chemistry meant that by the start of World War I, only a handful of great powers could afford to manufacture their own weapons. Revolutions in military technology, in short, triggered a revolution in the structure of power in the West, significantly reducing the number of nations that could act assertively in international politics -- and reducing the others to a condition of permanent subordination. Going beyond the battlefield to consider the profound political and social contexts of armed conflict, Firepower ultimately reveals how the evolution of weapons technology, and the uses to which it has been put, have together transformed human history"--
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1963-
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Lockhart, Paul Douglas
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Firepower
  • Military weapons
  • Firepower
  • Military weapons
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Firepower : how weapons shaped warfare, Paul Lockhart
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1237354149
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 624 pages
Isbn
9781541672963
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1237354149
Label
Firepower : how weapons shaped warfare, Paul Lockhart
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1237354149
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 624 pages
Isbn
9781541672963
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1237354149

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