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A Global History to 1700


  • Date Published: May 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521722407

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  • This book is a history of firearms across the world from the 1100s up to the 1700s, from 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, and 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 nomads 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 nomads, Japan's self-imposed isolation left Europe with no rival in firearms design, production, or use, with consequences that are still with us today.

    • Was the first global history of firearms in English written by a specialist in non-European history
    • Extensive discussion of China, Japan, and the Islamic world as well as Europe
    • Transcends the military revolution debate
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521722407
    • length: 310 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 153 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: The Oikoumene
    The Steppe
    The Desert
    China to 1500: The invention of firearms
    The rise of the Ming
    The Ming military
    The Hongwu campaigns
    The Yongle campaigns
    The South Seas
    Europe: The introduction of firearms
    Sieges and battles
    Guns and horses
    Guns and ships
    Guns and bows
    Eastern Europe
    The Americas
    Western Islamdom: Turkey
    The Ottoman military
    The Balkans
    The Mediterranean
    Ottoman success
    The Mamluk military
    Mamluk warfare
    Marj Dabiq
    Mamluk failure
    The Maghrib
    Sub-Saharan Africa
    Eastern Islamdom: Iran
    The Safavid military
    Safavid success or failure?
    The Afghans
    The Mughals
    The Portuguese
    Southeast Asia
    China From 1500: Foreign firearms
    New Chinese firearms
    Institutional change
    Japanese pirates
    The Great Wall
    The fall of the Ming
    The Qing dynasty
    Korea and Japan: Korea
    The first invasion of Korea
    The Korean response
    The second invasion of Korea
    The Tokugawa
    Conclusion: Firearms after 1700
    The world after 1700
    Wagons and pikes
    Firearms and nomads.

  • Author

    Kenneth Chase
    Kenneth 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.

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