Book cover of Firepower: How Weapons Shaped Warfare by Paul Lockhartby Paul Lockhart
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How military technology has transformed the world 

The history of warfare cannot be fully understood without considering the technology of killing. In Firepower, acclaimed historian Paul Lockhart tells the story of the evolution of weaponry and how it transformed not only the conduct of warfare but also the very structure of power in the West, from the Renaissance to the dawn of the atomic era. 

 Across this period, improvements in firepower shaped the evolving art of war. For centuries, weaponry had remained simple enough that any state could equip a respectable army.

Interview with the Author

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Paul Lockhart on How Guns Transformed Western Civilization
12/20/21          33 min


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Firepower!
10/26/21          64 min


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