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Gunpowder : alchemy, bombards, and pyrotechnics : the history of the explosive that changed the world

Author: Jack Kelly
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Traces the history of gunpowder from its origins in tenth-century China to the twenty-first century, discussing its effects on world civilizations and inventions, and looking at how its purpose has come full circle with gunpowder once again being used primarily for fireworks.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jack Kelly
ISBN: 0465037224 9780465037223 0465037186 9780465037186
OCLC Number: 60703739
Description: x, 261 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Prologue --
Fire drug --
Thundring noyse --
The most pernicious arts --
The devills birds --
Villainous saltpetre --
Conquest's crimson wing --
Nitro-aerial spirit --
No one reasons --
What victory costs --
History out of control --
The meeting of heaven and earth --
Appalling grandeur --
The old article --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Jack Kelly.
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Gunpowder first emerged from the ancient Chinese alchemical experiments to usurp the sword, spear and arrow in war. A must-read for history fans and military buffs alike, "Gunpowder" brings together  Read more...

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