Podcast #175: Paul Lockhart on How Guns Transformed Western Civilization

Podcast #175: Paul Lockhart on How Guns Transformed Western Civilization

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Quillette podcast host Jonathan Kay speaks with Wright State University professor Paul Lockhart about the enormous military and political upheavals set in motion by the adoption of gunpowder-based weapons from the 13th Century onward—including the demise of the medieval castle, the empowerment of large centralized states, and the deployment of permanent standing armies. Prof. Lockhart’s new book is Firepower: How Weapons Shaped Warfare.

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