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A History of Greek Fire and Gunpowder

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For nearly 600 years, from the battles of the early fourteenth century to the dropping of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima, firearms derived from gunpowder and other chemicals defined the frightful extent of war. The apparatus and materials used in World War I would have been familiar to our remote ancestors. In this classic work, first published in 1960, James Riddick Partington provides a worldwide survey of the evolution of incendiary devices, Greek fire, and gunpowder.

Greek fire, a composition Partington believes was made of a distilled petroleum fraction and other ingredients (but not saltpetre), was most famously used in the sieges of Constantinople and the Crusades. Partington moves from its antecedents — other incendiaries used in ancient warfare — to European gunpowder recipe books (The Latin Book of Fire, Bellifortis, and Feuerwerkbuch) and the history of infernal machines, mines, canon, small arms, and artillery. His book includes chapters on gunpowder and weapons in Muslim lands, India, and China — including fire books, the use of gunpowder as a propellant, the artillery of the Mughal Emperors, and the use of saltpetre in explosives. He traces the development of gunpowder to eleventh-century China and cites the first known mention and picture of a firearm in 1326.

The history of gunpowder and firearms has attracted many authors with varying interests. The general historian must take account of major inventions effecting revolutions in the life of nations. The historian of science is concerned mostly with the invention of gunpowder. The historian of technology examines the development in the manufacture of explosives and weapons, and the way in which gunpowder has found applications in the peaceful arts. The military historian deals mainly with the use of gunpowder as an explosive and a propellant... and the development of firearms and their use in warfare. No recent book in English (or for that matter in any language) has attempted a concise survey of the subject. — from the Preface

Book News Annotation:

An account that might interest general, science, technology, and military historians. The late (1886-1965) Partington (chemistry and history of science, U. of London) thought Greek fire was made of a distilled petroleum fraction and other ingredients but not saltpeter. He traces gunpowder to 11th-century China and cites the first known mention and picture of a firearm in 1326. The 1960 hardcover edition was published by W. Heffer and Sons, Cambridge; this edition has a new introduction by Bert Hall (history and philosophy of science and technology, U. of Toronto). Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews@booknews.com)

Synopsis:

For nearly 600 years, from battles of the early 14th century to the dropping of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima, firearms derived from gunpowder and other chemicals defined the frightful extent of war. In this classic work, first published in 1960, distinguished historian James Riddick Partington provides a worldwide survey of the evolution of incendiary devices, Greek fire, and gunpowder. 21 illustrations.

Synopsis:

The book includes chapters on gunpowder and weapons in Muslim lands, India and China, including fire books, the use of gunpowder as a propellant, the artillery of the Mughal Emperors, and the use of saltpetre in explosives. It traces the development of gunpowder to 11th-century China, and cites the first-known mention and picture of a firearm in 1326.

Synopsis:

For nearly 600 years, from the battles of the early fourteenth century to the dropping of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima, firearms derived from gunpowder and other chemicals defined the frightful extent of war. The apparatus and materials used in World War I would have been familiar to our remote ancestors. In this classic work, first published in 1960, James Riddick Partington provides a worldwide survey of the evolution of incendiary devices, Greek fire, and gunpowder.

Greek fire, a composition Partington believes was made of a distilled petroleum fraction and other ingredients (but not saltpetre), was most famously used in the sieges of Constantinople and the Crusades. Partington moves from its antecedents — other incendiaries used in ancient warfare — to European gunpowder recipe books (The Latin Book of Fire, Bellifortis, and Feuerwerkbuch) and the history of infernal machines, mines, canon, small arms, and artillery. His book includes chapters on gunpowder and weapons in Muslim lands, India, and China — including fire books, the use of gunpowder as a propellant, the artillery of the Mughal Emperors, and the use of saltpetre in explosives. He traces the development of gunpowder to eleventh-century China and cites the first known mention and picture of a firearm in 1326.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801859540
Introduction:
Hall, Bert S.
Author:
Partington, J. R.
Introduction by:
Hall, Bert S.
Introduction:
Hall, Bert S.
Author:
Partington, James Riddick
Author:
Hall, Bert S.
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Location:
Baltimore :
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Military Science
Subject:
Military - Weapons
Subject:
History
Subject:
Gunpowder
Subject:
Incendiary weapons.
Subject:
Incendiary weapons -- History.
Subject:
Greek fire.
Subject:
Greek fire -- History.
Subject:
Gunpowder -- History.
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Johns Hopkins paperbacks ed.
Publication Date:
19981031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.70x7.02x1.08 in. 1.61 lbs.

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Product details 416 pages Johns Hopkins University Press - English 9780801859540 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , For nearly 600 years, from battles of the early 14th century to the dropping of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima, firearms derived from gunpowder and other chemicals defined the frightful extent of war. In this classic work, first published in 1960, distinguished historian James Riddick Partington provides a worldwide survey of the evolution of incendiary devices, Greek fire, and gunpowder. 21 illustrations.
"Synopsis" by , The book includes chapters on gunpowder and weapons in Muslim lands, India and China, including fire books, the use of gunpowder as a propellant, the artillery of the Mughal Emperors, and the use of saltpetre in explosives. It traces the development of gunpowder to 11th-century China, and cites the first-known mention and picture of a firearm in 1326.
"Synopsis" by , For nearly 600 years, from the battles of the early fourteenth century to the dropping of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima, firearms derived from gunpowder and other chemicals defined the frightful extent of war. The apparatus and materials used in World War I would have been familiar to our remote ancestors. In this classic work, first published in 1960, James Riddick Partington provides a worldwide survey of the evolution of incendiary devices, Greek fire, and gunpowder.

Greek fire, a composition Partington believes was made of a distilled petroleum fraction and other ingredients (but not saltpetre), was most famously used in the sieges of Constantinople and the Crusades. Partington moves from its antecedents — other incendiaries used in ancient warfare — to European gunpowder recipe books (The Latin Book of Fire, Bellifortis, and Feuerwerkbuch) and the history of infernal machines, mines, canon, small arms, and artillery. His book includes chapters on gunpowder and weapons in Muslim lands, India, and China — including fire books, the use of gunpowder as a propellant, the artillery of the Mughal Emperors, and the use of saltpetre in explosives. He traces the development of gunpowder to eleventh-century China and cites the first known mention and picture of a firearm in 1326.

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