The Gunpowder Age: China, Military Innovation, and the Rise of the West in World History | 誠品線上

內容簡介

內容簡介 The Chinese invented gunpowder and began exploring its military uses as early as the 900s, four centuries before the technology passed to the West. But by the early 1800s, China had fallen so far behind the West in gunpowder warfare that it was easily defeated by Britain in the Opium War of 1839-42. What happened? In The Gunpowder Age, Tonio Andrade offers a compelling new answer, opening a fresh perspective on a key question of world history: why did the countries of western Europe surge to global importance starting in the 1500s while China slipped behind?Historians have long argued that gunpowder weapons helped Europeans establish global hegemony. Yet the inhabitants of what is today China not only invented guns and bombs but also, as Andrade shows, continued to innovate in gunpowder technology through the early 1700s--much longer than previously thought. Why, then, did China become so vulnerable? Andrade argues that one significant reason is that it was out of practice fighting wars, having enjoyed nearly a century of relative peace, since 1760. Indeed, he demonstrates that China--like Europe--was a powerful military innovator, particularly during times of great warfare, such as the violent century starting after the Opium War, when the Chinese once again quickly modernized their forces. Today, China is simply returning to its old position as one of the world's great military powers.By showing that China's military dynamism was deeper, longer lasting, and more quickly recovered than previously understood, The Gunpowder Age challenges long-standing explanations of the so-called Great Divergence between the West and Asia.

作者介紹

作者介紹 I'm a historian interested in global history and the history of China. The main question that fascinates me is: Why did western Europeans, who sat on the far edge of Eurasia and were backward by Asian standards, rise to global prominence starting in the 1500s, establishing durable maritime empires that spanned the seas?Author Page: www.tonioandrade.com

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書名 / The Gunpowder Age: China, Military Innovation, and the Rise of the West in World History
簡介 / The Gunpowder Age: China, Military Innovation, and the Rise of the West in World History:,TheChineseinventedgunpowderandbeganexploringitsmilitaryusesasearlyas
作者 / Tonio Andrade
出版社 / PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
誠品26碼 / 2681466737006
ISBN13 / 9780691178141
ISBN10 / 0691178143
EAN / 9780691178141
尺寸 / 22.9X15.2CM
裝訂 / 平裝
頁數 / 448
語言 / 英文
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尺寸 / 22.9X15.2CM