Visit our Christmas Gift Finder
Firearms: The Life Story of a Technology - Greenwood Technographies (Hardback)
  • Firearms: The Life Story of a Technology - Greenwood Technographies (Hardback)
zoom

Firearms: The Life Story of a Technology - Greenwood Technographies (Hardback)

(author)
£43.00
Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 30/10/2004
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
Guns have existed in various forms for hundreds of years, and few objects have had such an immense impact on the history of the world. But how did firearms develop? Why did the styles of guns change over the years? Firearms tells the life story of the gun, from the hand-held weapons of ancient humans, to the medieval guns of China that propelled objects by chemical reactions, to the modern assault rifle, the gun as the primary weapon in the modern army, and the gun as a tool for hunting. Not only does the book demonstrate how firearms developed-an evolution dependent upon years of trial and error, and often based on the recurrent need for power, accuracy and a fast rate of fire-but it shows how these advances directly affected the everyday life of people in almost every civilization on earth. Firearms provides both students and interested lay readers with insights on how this ubiquitous technology came to be. The work does not focus on just one type of firearm, but covers all types of relevant weapons. Exploring the life-story of the gun enables the reader to understand how the firearm came of age in Europe, where competition between nations led to the development of different types of firearms-now known as matchlock, wheelock, and flintlock. As successful as these designs were, it was the precision manufacturing of industrialization that would allow the invention of revolvers, breechloaders, and repeating rifles. Eventually, recognition that the gas and recoil of a shot could be used to reload a gun encouraged development of the semi- and fully-automatic weapons that dominate firearm designs today. Firearms includes a timeline of significant developments in the history of guns, and a bibliography of the most important works for further research.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313327964
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 465 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 12 mm

You may also be interested in...

Kursk: The Greatest Battle
Added to basket
Royal Navy Submarine Manual
Added to basket
British Aircraft Carriers 1939-45
Added to basket
Raf Typhoon Manual
Added to basket
Short Stirling Manual
Added to basket
The Quick and the Dead
Added to basket
Churchill's Bomb
Added to basket
£11.99
Paperback
Hunt For Zero Point
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Tank War
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Spitfire Manual 1940
Added to basket
HMS Rodney
Added to basket
£16.99
Paperback
Bolt Action: Tank War
Added to basket
Lancaster
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Command and Control
Added to basket
Raf Tornado Manual
Added to basket
£21.99
Hardback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.