By J. R. Partington
For almost six hundred years, from the battles of the early fourteenth century to the shedding of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima, firearms derived from gunpowder and different chemical substances outlined the frightful quantity of battle. The gear and fabrics utilized in global conflict i might were regular to our distant ancestors. during this vintage paintings, first released in 1960, James Riddick Partington presents a world survey of the evolution of incendiary units, Greek hearth, and gunpowder.Greek hearth, a composition Partington believes was once made from a distilled petroleum fraction and different components (but now not saltpetre), used to be so much famously utilized in the sieges of Constantinople and the Crusades. Partington strikes from its antecedents—other incendiaries utilized in historic warfare—to ecu gunpowder recipe books ( The Latin publication of fireplace, Bellifortis, and Feuerwerkbuch) and the historical past of infernal machines, mines, canon, small hands, and artillery. His publication contains chapters on gunpowder and guns in Muslim lands, India, and China—including fireplace books, using gunpowder as a propellant, the artillery of the Mughal Emperors, and using saltpetre in explosives. He strains the improvement of gunpowder to eleventh-century China and cites the 1st recognized point out and imagine of a firearm in 1326. "The historical past of gunpowder and firearms has attracted many authors with various pursuits. the overall historian needs to take account of significant innovations effecting revolutions within the lifetime of international locations. The historian of technology is worried typically with the discovery of gunpowder. The historian of know-how examines the advance within the manufacture of explosives and guns, and how within which gunpowder has stumbled on functions within the peaceable arts. the army historian offers quite often with using gunpowder as an explosive and a propellant... and the improvement of firearms and their use in war. No contemporary publication in English (or for that topic in any language) has tried a concise survey of the subject."—from the Preface
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A History of Greek Fire and Gunpowder by J. R. Partington