Arms & Armor: A Pictorial Archive From 19th Century Sources
Carol Belanger Grafton
For better or worse, warfare is mankind's defining tendencies. Coercion by organized violence has played a crucial role in human life since prehistory, and the need for battlefield advantages has provided a continual impetus to the development of science and technology.
This book contains over 700 illustrations covering the history of weapons and armor in primarily the preindustrial West from ancient times until the eighteenth century , with a particular emphasis on European cultures of the Medieval and Renaissance periods. The contents are arranged chronologically, and each plate has a caption identifying nationality and date of origin, where known. Four plates of nonspecific decorative illustrations incorporating motifs from the periods are included at the end of the book.
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