Firearms A Global History To 1700

ISBN-10: 0521722403

ISBN-13: 9780521722407

Edition: 2008

Authors: Kenneth Chase

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Kenneth Chase traces the history of firearms from their invention in China in the 1100s to the 1700s, when European firearms had become clearly superior. In Firearms, Chase asks why it was the Europeans who perfected firearms, not the Chinese, 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 incompatible with firearms. 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 lasting consequences. After earning his doctorate from Harvard in the area of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and traveling extensively in Asia, Kenneth Chase pursued a career in the law. His interest in history endures unabated, however, and after nine years of research on firearms, he is now working on a history of international trade in the Indian Ocean region in the 1300s and 1400s.
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Book details

List price: $30.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/11/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 310
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

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.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction
The Oikoumene
The Steppe
The Desert
Logistics
Cavalry
Firearms
China to 1500
The Invention of Firearms
The Rise of the Ming
The Ming Military
The Hongwu Campaigns
The Yongle Campaigns
Vietnam
The South Seas
Tumu
Europe
The Introduction of Firearms
Sieges and Battles
Geography
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
Egypt
The Mamluk Military
Border Wars
Marj Dabiq
Mamluk Failure
The Maghrib
Sub-Saharan Africa
Eastern Islamdom
Iran
The Safavid Military
Azarbayjan
Khurasan
Safavid Success or Failure?
India
The Afghans
The Mughals
The Portuguese
Southeast Asia
China from 1500
Foreign Firearms
New Chinese Firearms
Institutional Change
Japanese Pirates
The Great Wall
Wagons
The Fall of the Ming
The Conquest of the Steppe
Korea and Japan
Korea
Japan
Tanegashima
Nobunaga
Unification
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
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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