WHY THERE WAS LITTLE PROGRESS
IN JAPANESE WEAPONS
weapons failed to develop
Filmed in the vaults of the great Japanese castle in Osaka, Alan Macfarlane
discusses with the curator the reasons why Japanese weapons remained
roughly the same for over six hundred years from about 1200 onwards.
While European weaponry was transformed by gunpowder, the Japanese
rejected gunpowder weapons and their swords and bows and armour was
little improved over this period.
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