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Gunpowder, Explosives and the State: A Technological History

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Gunpowder studies are still in their infancy despite the long-standing civil and military importance of this explosive since its discovery in China in the mid-ninth century AD. This volume is the first to develop the implications of the subject, not just in the sense of relating it to changing military technologies, but in that of seeing the securing of gunpowder supplies as fundamental to the power of the state and imperial pretensions.

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Gunpowder, Explosives and the State: A Technological History
2006, Routledge, Oxford

ISBN-13: 9780754652595

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