The Story of Guns: How They Changed the World

Overview

When the Chinese invented gunpowder in 850, their explosive invention became the basis for almost every weapon used in war. It radically changed warfare all over the world, affecting the way battles were fought throughout the Middle Ages. When guns were invented five centures later, the world was again transformed. Explosive weaponry was available to the individual, creating a new class of soldier and giving birth to the modern army.
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Overview

When the Chinese invented gunpowder in 850, their explosive invention became the basis for almost every weapon used in war. It radically changed warfare all over the world, affecting the way battles were fought throughout the Middle Ages. When guns were invented five centures later, the world was again transformed. Explosive weaponry was available to the individual, creating a new class of soldier and giving birth to the modern army.
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Cynthia Winfield
This series tackles technological advances that "change everything, their effects reverberating throughout society." With ad copy promising "gripping tales," Brevard's titles deliver succinctly and provide follow-through with safe, editor-selected Web sites available at www.FactHound.com. Reader-friendly print and plentiful illustrations and sidebars create eye-pleasing layouts that invite readers to explore these historical overviews. The Story of Oil presents a recounting so smooth that this reader became engrossed in a topic of little interest to her; students will similarly engage once these titles are assigned. From the use of petroleum-based adhesive by Stone Age hunters to affix arrowheads to arrows to our twenty-first-century addiction to oil and need for renewable energy sources, Brevard lauds oil for providing us "a level of comfort and luxury that has never before existed" and acknowledges the ill effects of our petroleum gluttony. Mention of controversy over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and a photo of dead, oil-coated wildlife make the title especially relevant as the spill in the Gulf of Mexico unfolds today. The Story of Guns takes eight chapters to do what Oil accomplishes in five, similarly breaking a huge topic into manageable chunks of information. The title falls short when it describes the Cold War as a stockpiling of guns, without mention of other weapons. Both titles will serve young researchers well, providing concise, pertinent information and short, useful glossaries and further reading. This reviewer enjoyed learning from each title with the numerous connections between everyday knowledge and historical significance that Brevard makes for readers. Reviewer: Cynthia Winfield
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756543136
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Series: Honey Bees Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 1150L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Davis Worth Miller and Katherine McLean Brevar are a married couple living and working together in North Carolina. They are both full-time writers. Miller has written several best-selling books including The Tao of Muhammad Ali. He is now working on his memoir and several other novels with his wife.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 From "Fire Medicine" to Firepower 4

Chapter 2 Guns Go Portable 10

Chapter 3 Firearms of Early America 18

Chapter 4 Weapons of the Wild West 25

Chapter 5 Guns Go Automatic 32

Chapter 6 Weapons of War 38

Chapter 7 The Spread of Arms 46

Chapter 8 A World Transformed by Violence 52

Timeline 58

Glossary 60

Additional Resources 61

Select Bibliography 62

Index 63

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