04-22-2015, 07:10 PM
Ron Wrote:The Moslem cavalries that invaded Europe used rifles like what we would call blunderbusses. The Moslems thus were the first to use gunpowder in war.Do you have a link to document that? First time I read about it.
The reason I doubt it is that weapon tehcnology is very rapidely adopted by other armies.
Maybe it was a land version of the Greek Fire, which was, as you said, innefective. But it's anecdotical at best. And it's not clear if they threw projectiles or just flames.
JL Wrote:China seems to always get the credit for practically everything, from acupuncture to underarm deodorant. And yet,.....the oldest example of acupuncture was found on Ötzi, the iceman, discovered in the Alps.But Otzi lost credit as a civilized man because he stunk by his lack of deodorant!
No, seriousely, you are right. I was reading in a book that a Chinese emperor had once a very sophisticated hydrolic clock. Something incredibly high tech for that time, and unseen anywhere else. A true marvel.
But nobody saw how measuring time so acurately could be useful.
They were unable to project technological prowesses into industrial use. For them new things were just for entertainement. Maybe because they were too respectful of traditional ways of production. And so was Mao.
I remeber a 18th C. chinese tapissery in a castle in Germany representing the work of paysants and craftsmen. It's a unique document because it's an original and shows all kinds of activities.
The tools and technologies represented were incredibly primitive for the 18th C. Almost prehistorical.