Abstract

Historians have often claimed that Niccolò Machiavelli shunned the use of gunpowder weapons, both field artillery and hand-held weapons, because of their absence in the ancient world which the Italian loved so dearly. Machiavelli, however, did not reject the use of gunpowder weapons, but gave them a secondary role in his military scheme. The reason for this was that, in Machiavelli's time, reliance on gunpowder weapons necessitated defensive tactics in battle, while Machiavelli believed that an army should take the offensive in war, and he prescribed the role of guns in his army accordingly.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-7795
Print ISSN
0899-3718
Pages
pp. 381-404
Launched on MUSE
2003-04-11
Open Access
No
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