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Weapons and Warfare in Renaissance Europe: Gunpowder, Technology, and Tactics (Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology)
by Bert S. Hall

Weapons and Warfare in Renaissance Europe explores the history of gunpowder in Europe from the thirteenth century, when it was first imported from China, to the ...

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—Updated Jul 30, 2012



The Art of Warfare in Western Europe during the Middle Ages from the Eighth Century (Warfare in History)
by J.F. Verbruggen

Warfare is a major feature of the history of the middle ages, but its study has often been the province of amateurs; only recently have the technical details of ...

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One would have thought that a book more than half a century old would be more than a tad outdated, but in fact it's quite a progressive text compared to the popular understanding of medieval European warfare (which is more than a full century out of date). Verbruggen ...
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Records of the Medieval Sword
by Ewart Oakeshott

Forty years of intensive research into the specialised subject of the straight two-edged knightly sword of the European middle ages are contained in this classic ...

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It could have been an even better book if it had included a detailed exposition the latest revised version of Oakeshott's typology. However, the book is already an amazing resource as it is, and I know I spend far too much time ogling the pictures of the many swords ...
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The Conquest of Java: Nineteenth-century Java seen through the eyes of a soldier of the British Empire
by William Thorn

Originally published in 1815, The Conquest of Java describes the military and naval elements of the British expeditionary force to Java in 1811 as part of a plan to ...




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—Updated Jul 4, 2011



Weapons: An International Encyclopedia From 5000 B.C. to 2000 A.D.
by Diagram Group

This definitive guide covers the entire history of weapons, from the earliest, most primitive instruments up to remarkable advances in modern defense and warfare, ...

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Not very strong on earlier weapons (17th century and earlier), though the edition I have comes from the 1980s and thus this weakness may simply be a fact that it hadn't benefited from the 30+ years of research that have accumulated since then. The information on later ...
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—Updated Jul 4, 2011



The Conquest of New Spain (Penguin Classics)
by Bernal Diaz Del Castillo

Vivid, powerful and absorbing, this is a first-person account of one of the most startling military episodes in history: the overthrow of Montezuma's doomed Aztec ...




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The Archaeology of Weapons: Arms and Armour from Prehistory to the Age of Chivalry (Dover Military History, Weapons, Armor)
by R. Ewart Oakeshott

Premodern weapons of war receive a tremendously detailed and thorough accounting in this volume — the work of a noted authority on medieval arms in Europe. ...

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An excellent overview about the history of European arms and armor throughout the ages--it's not as detailed and as "mature" as Oakeshott's later works, and some of the concepts contained therein are a bit dated, but still a good starting point for a scholar who wants ...
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—Updated Aug 22, 2008









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