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An Historical Guide to Arms and Armor
     

An Historical Guide to Arms and Armor

by Stephen Bull, Tony North (Editor)
 
Historical Guide to Arms and Armor traces the history of protective military apparel throughout the centuries and across the world, providing a chronicle as rich in texture as it is broad in scope.

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Historical Guide to Arms and Armor traces the history of protective military apparel throughout the centuries and across the world, providing a chronicle as rich in texture as it is broad in scope.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Bull, English Civil War historian and museum curator, has compiled an evolutionary history of small arms (swords, knives, pistols, and rifles) and armor (helmets and body armor) beginning with the Greco-Roman world and ending with the advent of World War I. The history is supported with over 300 photographs, mostly from works of art and individual pieces in European art museums. The text is authoritative and exhaustive, the first such work on this topic in a century. Some coverage is excellent, the best this reviewer has seen on European arms; there is excellent coverage of helmet evolution and on arms development in the Indian subcontinent. Some coverage is weak, especially on Japanese small arms and the American Civil War. Using this volume as a verbal text to the recently reprinted Weapons (Diagram Group), large libraries would possess the two finest reference works on the history of small arms. This is highly recommended for central branch libraries and academic libraries.-- Richard Nowicki, Emerson Vocational H.S., Buffalo, N.Y.
Booknews
Describes portable arms and armor from the time of the Greeks and Romans to the early 19th century. Five chronological chapters, each covering one major period of history, are followed by two thematic chapters which provide an introduction to oriental armor, and sporting armor as it was used for hunting and the tournament. With some 300 first-rate color and b&w illustrations. 91/4x131/4". Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816026203
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/1991
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
9.39(w) x 13.32(h) x 0.95(d)

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