List the comparative advantages and disadvantages of the bow and crossbow. Why did archers prevail among the nomads, and crossbowmen among the Chinese?
The bow requires a firm hand (so that it does not tremble when pulling the string), so a good archer must study and train constantly. The crossbow is easier to handle (even a militia can use it), and it hits farther than a bow. But the rate of fire of a bow for an experienced shooter is 3-5 times higher than for a crossbow, which is pulled not by hand, but by the collar.
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