This book review made me blink and reconsider the dominant narrative that the west has always been smarter at weapons. Not so when you consider some of the times that China has been good.
Today I was reading the guardian son and found that the uk is selling huge quantities of arms and planes and ammo and advice to the Saudis who are using them to break the laws of war and expected human rights in Yemen. I'm just sad that we are now associated with that dreadful regime. All that brainpower and it's going into doing shitty things like killing people.
Sad. Very sad.
Hate war! Such a waste of talent people and money. And nobody remembers after a few years. Who remembers the dead in Iraq and Afghanistan? Nobody. Bah.
The Gunpowder Age: China, Military Innovation, and the Rise of the West in World History
The Gunpowder Age: China, Military Innovation, and the Rise of the West in World History by Tonio Andrade (Princeton University Press, 2016).
Reviewed by Francis P. Sempa
Cross-posted from Asian Review of Books
Tonio Andrade, a professor at Emory University, has written a well-researched, balanced, and comparative history of military innovation in Asia and the West in which he challenges the traditional notion—set forth most compellingly by Victor Davis Hanson in Carnage and Culture and Niall Ferguson in Civilization—that Western culture largely explains Western global predominance in the post-medieval world.