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Published: 10 January 2013

256 Pages | 20 black and white halftones


ISBN: 9780199695751

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The Mother of Gunpowder

David Cressy

  • The history of saltpeter - the 'inestimable treasure' craved by governments from the Tudors to the Victorians
  • Tells the many inter-connected stories - scientific, technological, political, and military - arising from this vital but mysterious substance
  • Traces the central importance of saltpeter - as the mother of gunpowder and ultimate foundation of national security - over a period lasting several centuries
  • Illuminates its crucial role in the military, scientific, and political revolutions of the seventeenth century - and in Britain's dominance of the oceans in the centuries that followed

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