Short Description : WEAPONS SYSTEMS AND POLITICAL STABILITY – This book is a master piece and explains how the development of weapon systems influenced societies. The multiple changes between expensive weapons of the few to cheap weapons of the many resulted in several different kind of societies. E.g. the availability of a lot of guns allowed the French Revolution to happen and supported a more democratic society. And the huge prices for armour, weapon and horse for middle age knights limited these controlling weapons to a few which resulted in the feudal system. And so on. Quigley again proves himself as the brightest mind in history writing. Unfortunatly he left the world some decades ago. I would love to see an analysis of him where we are now in our time. It seems we are in a very specialized time with specialized armies with a monopoly of these weapons to the state.