Institutionally Constrained Technology Adoption: Resolving the Longbow Puzzle

Why did France and Scotland keep their obsolescent crossbows instead of adopting the technologically-superior English longbow?

When historians alone can’t figure out a solution, consult an economist. Also, it’s a great allegory as to why “security through obscurity” doesn’t work.

Source: Institutionally Constrained Technology Adoption: Resolving the Longbow Puzzle: The Journal of Law and Economics: Vol 58, No 3

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