Gunpowder: The History Of The Explosive That Changed The World

Gunpowder: The History Of The Explosive That Changed The World by Jack Kelly


Authors
Jack Kelly
ISBN
9781843541905
Published
Released
22 / 12 / 2004
Binding
Hardcover
Pages
260
Dimensions
145 x 223 x 26mm

When Chinese alchemists fashioned the first man-made explosion during the tenth century, no one could have foreseen its full revolutionary potential. Invented to frighten evil spirits rather than fuel guns or bombs, the simple mixture of saltpetre, sulphur and charcoal became one of humanity's most critical inventions. As word of its explosive properties spread from Asia to Europe, it paved the way for Western exploration, hastened the end of feudalism and the rise of the nation state, and greased the wheels of the Industrial Revolution . . .
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