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This book is a spectacular example of how history need not be confined to a region or a people. It follows firearms from their invention all the way through their journey Westward, and finally to their return to East Asia. The result is a rock-solid thesis of technological adoption and adaptation.
Review: Firearms: A Global History to 1700User Review - Alan - Goodreads
Basic thesis is that China invented gunpowder not just for fireworks displays, but to shoot, um, guns too. Interesting if one subscribes to the notion that China was/is a more peace-loving civilization than The West. Read full review
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