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A History of Edged Weapon Warfare

Martina Sprague

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ISBN 10: 1594161011 / ISBN 13: 9781594161018
Published by Westholme, 2009, 2009
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Title: A History of Edged Weapon Warfare

Publisher: Westholme, 2009

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Knives, swords, and bayonets are the world's longest serving arms and some of the most important in history. Originally a simple stone tool, once metals such as iron and bronze became regularly worked, edged weapons appear in the archaeological record. In A History of Edged Weapon Warfare, Martina Sprague discusses in detail the long history of these arms, from primitively produced knives and machetes to the exquisite metalwork of Japaneseswords. Throughout the author discusses how these weapons were wielded and their strengths and weaknesses. The book covers all regions of the world and all time periods, from the swords of ancient Egypt and medieval Islamicstates to the knives of Africa and today's special forces. The author demonstrates that the ability to instill fear in an opponent is one of the more important features of edged weapons in all cultures and historical eras. The physicaldesign and production of the weapon and the training in its use are important as well and vary from country and period. In the hands of skilled warriors, whether twentieth-century Ghurkas or second-century B.C. Roman legionnaires, knives and swords have often proved decisive in close combat.

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Martina Sprague is a martial arts expert, military historian, and the successful author of a number of books on related subjects.

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