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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, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Traces the history of the explosive mixture created by Chinese alchemists in the tenth century, a critical invention that has fueled innovations and shaped the technology of warfare and the evolution of modern history.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jack Kelly
ISBN: 0465037186 9780465037186
OCLC Number: 53796866
Description: x, 261 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: the devil's distillate --
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: something new.
Responsibility: Jack Kelly.
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