The globalisation of artillery technology
The Iberian Union (1580-1649) was the first empire to connect the four parts of the world. Military technology played a crucial role in the consolidation of its power. Cannons in particular ensured the defence of its fortresses in the colonies. The EU-funded GLOBALGUNS project will study the evolution of artillery technology in Asia, America and Europe, taking into consideration the disposition of weapons, raw materials and experts. It will investigate the role human capital played in the building of the empire and in the process of globalisation, as well as the technological asymmetries between the centre and the dominions.
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