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Tools of War : The Weapons that Changed the World

Black, Jeremy

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ISBN 10: 1847242286 / ISBN 13: 9781847242280
Published by Quercus Publishing Plc, 2007
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Type: Hard Back FIRST EDITION MILITARY HISTORY HARDCOVER BOOK IN FINE CONDITION WITH A NEAR FINE JACKET. 4to-11" tall. 207 pp. Clean, bright, solid, tight, unmarked book. Illustrated. Bright, heavy, glossy paper. Jacket is clean and bright with same illustration as decorative cover on book; slight wear at corners with fold-over edge creased. Stories of 50 of the most significant advances in military technology and how this affected the course of world history. For each, Professor Black explains why the weaponry was developed and why/how they were crucial to the outcomes of key battles, campaigns, wars. As well as delivering a military history of the world, Tools of War provides insights into many of the key turning points in the history of humanity. Bookseller Inventory # 45281

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Title: Tools of War : The Weapons that Changed the ...

Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition..

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"Experienced archers could manage 8 to 10 arrows a minute. With this firing rate, the 5,000 English archers on the field of battle that day could launch 40,000-50,000 arrows a minute, or 700 a second. French infantry and cavalry alike were decimated under the barrage of deadly missiles, and the Battle of Crecy was won for the loss of only 200 English soldiers, to nearly 10,000 French dead. The conquest of France beckoned..." Was the longbow the most significant weapon in the course of history? Or the iron sword, stirrup or chariot that allowed the victories of the great early empires of the East? Though gunpowder, the flintlock and the Gatling gun caused more carnage, did they cause swifter victory? And could anything compare to the effects - militaristic and economic - of the mass military industrialization of the World Wars, with tank, B52, V rocket ...and the atomic bomb? Or must all bow before the new weapons of stealth and precision of the 'military information age'? "Tools of War" tells, chronologically, the stories of 50 of the most significant advances in military technology and, in doing so, provides an insight into the history of warfare and conquest. Each chapter focuses on a specific technology, from the Stone Age to the information warfare age, which has conferred a decisive advantage on the user and changed the way in which war is waged. Author Jeremy Black discusses the specific engagements or campaigns where the weapon had most effect, providing the reader with a course in military history as well as an overview of world history itself.

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Jeremy Black is Professor of History at Exeter University and a prolific author on military history. He is the author of over 70 titles, including War: An Illustrated World History, Warfare in the Eighteenth Century, and Warfare in the Western World 1882-1975

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