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Gunpowder, Explosives and the State


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Contents: Foreword; Editor's introduction: setting the context. Part 1 Modern Perceptions and Ancient Knowledge: Realities and perceptions in the evolution of black powder making, Robert A. Howard; Gunpowder and its applications in ancient India, Asitesh Bhattacharya; The Indian response to firearms, 1300-1750, Iqtidar Alam Khan; Saltpetre: a commodity of Empire, Brenda J. Buchanan. Part 2 The Production of Saltpetre and Gunpowder in Europe: Venetian gunpowder in the second half of the 16th century: production, storage and use, Walter Panciera; The Barcarena gunpowder factory: its history and technological evolution between the 17th and 20th centuries, AntA(3)nio C. Quintela, JoAGBPo LuA-s Cardoso and Jose Manuel de Mascarenhas; Saltpetre at the intersection of military and agricultural interests in 18th-century Sweden, Thomas Kaiserfeld; Torsebro powder mills, Sweden: manufacturing and testing the product, Leif MAYrtensson. Part 3 The Overseas Transfer of Technology From Europe: Portuguese overseas gunpowder factories, in particular those of Goa (India) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Jose Manuel de Mascarenhas; Gunpowder manufacture in Cairo from Bonaparte to Muhammad 'AlA (R) : adaptation, innovation and the transfer of technology, 1798-1820, Patrice Bret; A0/00leve des Poudres: E.I. du Pont's multiple transfers of French technology, Darwin H. Stapleton; Unorthodox British technology at the Confederate Gunpowder Works, Augusta, Georgia, 1862-65, William S. Curtis. Part 4 Military Technicalities: Breech-loading guns with removable powder chambers: a long-lived military technology, Kelly DeVries and Robert Douglas Smith; The smelting of iron cannons and consumption of gunpowder in Gipuzkoa in the 16th century, Ignacio M. CarriA(3)n Arregui; Rational mechanics as enlightenment engineering: Leonhard Euler and interior ballistics, Brett D. Steele; Pellets, pebbles and prisms: British munitions for larger guns, 1860-85, Seymour H. Mauskopf. Part 5 Modern Developments: Scie

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Brenda J. Buchanan is a Research Fellow in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath, UK. Robert A. Howard, Asitesh Bhattacharya, Iqtidar Alam Khan, Brenda J. Buchanan, Walter Panciera, Antonio C. Quintela, Joao Luis Cardoso, Jose Manuel de Mascarenhas, Thomas Kaiserfeld, Leif Martensson, Patrice Bret, Darwin H. Stapleton, William S. Curtis, Kelly DeVries, Robert Douglas Smith, Ignacio M. Carrion Arregui, Brett D. Steele, Seymour H. Mauskopf, Rene Amiable, Richard E. Rice, Ian D. Rae, James H. Whitehead, Ernst Homburg


'Brenda Buchanan has done a sterling job of editing this excellent collection of essays which will appeal to anyone with an interest in explosives.' Classic Arms and Militaria 'This book belongs on the shelf of anyone with an interest in gunpowder providing an outstanding reference of the subject and showing its global importance.' Black Powder 'It is a work of great scholarship...' HBSA Report '... if one is looking for detailed discussions of the powder making process and its evolution, then this book offers much.' Journal of Asian History 'While historians of science and technology will read the volume from cover to cover, scholars with different specialties will find specific chapters of particular interest. The book will attract business, economic, and military historians as well as students of government policy, imperialism, and government-business relations. These groups will be impressed by the high standard of scholarship and the rigorous research conducted by the authors.' Australian Economic History Review '... this collection demonstrates the unappreciated importance of gunpowder in world affairs.' Chemical Heritage Magazine 'A valuable introduction by the editor, Brenda J. Buchanan, helps to orient the reader... Each of the essays has a full scholarly apparatus, and the volume as a whole is provided with scores of beautiful images and illustrartions, as well as a useful index... In sum, this volume is a welcome addition to the history of technology, early-modern and military history, and the history of industry and science, as well as to the more focused area of gunpowder studies. These essays will be of considerable value to scholars and graduate students in many fields of European, Asian, and US history.' Technology and Culture

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