World History 1 273 - 17.3 Gunpowder and Nomads in a Transitional Age

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

  • Describe gunpowder weaponry and its effect on early modern society
  • Explain the reasons for the decline in nomadic societies in this period and beyond

The development of gunpowder and firearms technology in the late Middle Ages and early modern era had a tremendous impact on many societies. Firearms changed the nature of siege warfare and reduced the effectiveness of mounted warriors in battle, which in turn influenced the decisions of governments and the social organization of many states. Firearms also had an effect on nomadic societies that, before the early modern era, had often managed to dominate settled societies.

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The content of this course has been taken from the free World History, Volume 1: to 1500 textbook by Openstax