Of Arms and Men: A History of War, Weapons, and Aggression

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Robert L. O'Connell is Senior Analyst at the U.

He is a former member of the U. Delegation to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. Brand new book ISBN: New York: Oxford University Press, First edition. First printing [stated]. Good in good dust jacket. DJ has some wear and soiling.. In this book, Robert O'Connell examines the role and significance of weapons from the dawn of human history to the present, and the attempts of Western civilization to come to terms with the results of its own inventiveness.


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It integrates the evolution of human society with the development of weapons and strategy. While primarily historical in his approach, O'Connell also draws upon anthropology, sociology, biology, and literature in his effort to explain certain recurring phenomena of warfare: the human need to dehumanize the enemy, arms races involving weapons which have developed beyond the point of utility, or the ideal of heroism rendered obsolete by deadly new technologies.

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Notes: Includes notes and index. Summary: In this provocative book, Robert O'Connell examines the role and significance of weapons from the dawn of human history to the present, and the attempts of western civilization to come to terms with the grim results of its own inventiveness.. Seller: MW Books Ltd. Published: Condition: Fine cloth copy in an equally fine dw, now mylar-sleeved.

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New York: Oxford Univ, The innovation enabled Colt to mass produce the weapon and market it not only to the military, but also to cowboys in the Southwest, Gold Rush miners in the Rockies and law enforcement officials nationwide. Among the most famous manufacturers of the revolver design was Smith and Wesson, whose versions proved faster to discharge and reload. Just before the start of the 20th century, Colt, followed by Smith and Wesson, would develop revolver cylinders that would swing out to the side for unloading and reloading bullets.

Rifles and muskets also went through rapid improvements up to and through the Civil War, aided in part by the Industrial Revolution. To avoid this problem, gunsmiths developed new types of ignition systems that protected gun powder from the elements. The percussion system, developed in , used a small copper cap filled with charge. Rear-loading or breechloading systems developed by gun manufacturers, including Sharps, Maynard and Burnside, packed the projectile and powder together in a single, combustible cartridge.

The system not only saved time, it also avoided exposing gun powder to wet conditions. Next, gun manufacturers set their focus on speeding up the time required to reload a weapon. Another concept mounted multiple barrels onto a single stock to gain more bang for every trigger pull.

Double-barrel shotguns are still produced today. The Spencer Repeating Rifle Company patented a design at the start of the Civil War that was capable of repeated firing following a single ammunition load.

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The Spencer gun a favorite of President Abraham Lincoln loaded multiple cartridges at once by storing them in a magazine at the rear of the gun. Each shot was then fed into the chamber through a manual mechanism. Benjamin Henry developed a similar model, in the Henry, and patented the design in One of the most acclaimed firearms designer in history, John Moses Browning of Ogden, Utah , began designing for the New Haven-based Winchester Repeating Arms Company in and created a version of the rifle that incorporated a pump action.

Browning, however, would become best known for his contributions to automatic loading firearms. In automatic weapons, power generated by the firing of the weapon is used to eject empty cartridges and reload. The M2 was adopted by the U. The M was the U. And the BAR would be used extensively by U. Before Browning developed his semi-automatic handguns and machine guns, Indianapolis, Indiana-based Richard Gatling had already created an earlier, more primitive version of the machine gun.

In the early s, Gatling received a patent for a hand-cranked, multiple barreled weapon that could fire rounds per minute. Hirem Maxim, an American-born British inventor, would take the machine gun to the next level with his Maxim gun.

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The weapon harnessed the recoil energy from each bullet fired to eject a used cartridge and pull in the next one. The Maxim machine gun of could fire a barrage of rounds per minute and would soon arm the British Army, and then the Austrian, German, Italian, Swiss and Russian armies. The barrage of fire generated by machine guns on all sides lead to the development of trench warfare, since shelter became critical for soldiers trying to avoid rapid-fire sprays of bullets from the new weapons.

A generation later, during U. While the Thompson was developed too late to be used in World War I, its inventor, John Thompson, marketed the gun through his company to law enforcement.

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