Essay on Knowledge Is Power, A Source Of Power

798 Words Nov 17th, 2014 4 Pages
Knowledge is Power “Knowledge comes by eyes always open and working hands; and there is no knowledge that is not power”-Ralph Waldo Emerson. Throughout history men have fought and died for power. Great men such as Charlemagne of France and Augustus Caesar the first emperor of Rome shed blood and sweat to reach their goals of gaining and holding power. What is it however, that made these men of great statues come to power? What gave them the ability to become great leaders among their people? Knowledge, without it a man is nothing. Common knowledge is what makes a man great, but knowledge in the form of power far surpasses common knowledge. Knowledge is a source of power though military advancements and tactics, through government, and through cultural expansion. The best example of military knowledge being power is how breakthroughs in the ideas of military tactics, weapons of war, and the understanding of warfare itself have led to great powers being dominate. The use of gunpowder in the 1300’s and 1400’s gave way to artillery innovations in Europe. Gun powder was used in Europe as early as the Hundred Year War, not in the form of hand guns or musket loaders but as siege weapons used for bombardment of a stronghold or castle. The Ottoman Empire used large cannons to lay siege to the city of Constantinople in 1453. By the end of the 1300’s man had built cannons large enough to fire 450-lb stones into an enemy’s fortress. It’s hard to imagine a soldier being on…

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