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Weapons and Warfareby John (edt) Powell
Synopses & Reviews
Weapons and Warfare covers the weapons and strategies of warfare from ancient civilizations to the present. This two-volume set is ideal for high school and college students and military enthusiasts. Arranged chronologically, with alphabetical and categorized lists of all entries for fast, easy reference. Written with the needs of students and general readers in mind, the articles present clear discussions of the topics. The focus?more on the technical and strategic development of weapons and tactics than on a narrative chronological history of events?allows students of history, political science, and science and technology to gain a broad understanding of the technological and strategic advances made over time and geography.
Book News Annotation:
This two-volume set presents information about weaponry, tactics, and modes of warfare worldwide, from ancient times to the present. About 100 topics are organized thematically in articles ranging from 2,000 to 7,000 words. Each volume starts with a series of overviews of major weapons groups, followed by major historical periods (arranged chronologically) and regions of the world and their contributions to weaponry, technologies, and strategies. Weapons overview articles contain sections on nature, use, and development. Geographically arranged warfare articles discuss political considerations where relevant, military achievements, military organization, and doctrine, strategy and tactics, and include a section on primary sources drawn upon by historians. Volume 1 ends with three transitional articles that chart major innovations in gunpowder warfare, and naval warfare from medieval to modern times. Contains 100-plus b&w photographs, line drawings, maps, and artists' renderings of weapons. Suitable for high school and above.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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