Forts

An illustrated history of building for defence

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Forts

An illustrated history of building for defence

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Ever since humans began to live together in settlements they have felt the need to organize some kind of defense against potentially hostile neighbors. Many of the earliest city states were built as walled towns, and during the medieval era, stone castles were built both as symbols of the defenders' strength and as protection against potential attack. The advent of cannon prompted fortifications to become lower, denser, and more complex, and the forts of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries could appear like snowflakes in their complexity and beautiful geometry. Without forts, the history of America could have taken a very different course, pirates could have sailed the seas unchecked, and Britain itself could have been successfully invaded.

This book explains the history of human fortifications, and is beautifully illustrated using photographs, plans, drawings, and maps to explain why they were built, their various functions, and their immense historical legacy in laying the foundations of empire.

Product details

Published Sep 18 2018
Format Hardback
Edition 1st
Extent 224
ISBN 9781472827630
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Dimensions 280 x 280 mm
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Jeremy Black

Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the Univer…

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