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The Convention on Cluster Munitions - A Commentary edited by Nystuen, Gro; Casey-Maslen, Stuart (21st October 2010)

Introduction

Virgil Wiebe, John Borrie, Declan Smyth

From: The Convention on Cluster Munitions: A Commentary

Edited By: Gro Nystuen, Stuart Casey-Maslen

Subject(s):
Weapons of mass destruction — Weapons, conventional
0.1 The precise origin of cluster munitions is the subject of debate. Research suggests that their development, at least conceptually, can be tracked as far back as the fifteenth century, to the time of Leonardo da Vinci. An inveterate weapons designer, da Vinci produced sketches of an exploding cannonball that would shatter into smaller bomblets 2 (although there is no evidence that the design reached the production stage). Leonardo’s reported rationale for the weapon foreshadowed the later design of some cluster munitions: Leonardo realized that while the iron...
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