Artillery
(890 words)

1. Technical developments in the 16th and 17th centuries

The development of artillery pieces operated by gunpowder began as early as the 14th century. Initially, only powerful towns and princes could afford the new weapons. In contemporary German-language texts these were also called Büchsen; they were serviced by Büchsenmeister, members of the guild of smiths, carpenters, or shot-founders. They were frequently aided by…

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Quaas, Gerhard, “Artillery”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 22 September 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_017099>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321



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