(THIS ARTICLE IS ONLY MACHINE TRANSLATED by Google from Norwegian)
Condorcet writes in Sketch for a Historical Picture of the Progress of the Human Mind (1795): «A chemist who mixed combustible material with nitrates, discovered the secret of the powder that has brought such an unexpected revolution in the art of war. Despite the cruel effects of firearms in terms of breaking up an army, they have made war less murderous and the fighters less brutal. Military expeditions have become more expensive; wealth can outweigh strength; even the most belligerent people feel the need to procure and secure the resources of the campaigns by acquiring the riches of trade and crafts. Cultivated nations no longer have anything to fear from the barbaric tribes. . .
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