From the first clubs and spears of early humanity to the
"smart" bombs and laser technology of today, the history of mankind
has been inextricably bound up with the twin stories of war and the
weaponry used to wage it. To explore the history of weaponry is to
explore a central aspect of human history.
With its in-depth look at the development of weaponry from
prehistory to the present day, The Historical Atlas of Weaponry is
an invaluable reference source for anyone interested in the
evolution of empires, large and small, and covers all the
significant landmarks in weaponry development.
The book is organized chronologically, starting with a chapter
examining the first weapons ever created by man and ending with a
chapter looking at the high-tech killing machines of today. Between
these start and end points, there are chapters covering the whole
history of weaponry, including medieval developments, the age of
gunpowder, and mobile warfare. There are also individual chapters
looking at the weaponry developed and deployed in World War I and
World War II. Written in an authoritative yet readable style,
The Historical Atlas of Weaponry is a comprehensive guide
to the tools of war and armed conflict.