Japanese Castles AD 250–1540

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Japanese Castles AD 250–1540

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Renowned expert Stephen Turnbull examines the castles built in Japan, from the first primitive fortifications in the Yayoi Period (300 BC-AD 250) through to the first proper castles which began to be developed with the rise to power of the Yamato Court, the first emperors of Japan in around AD 250. Examining the close ties that early Japanese dynasties had to both China and Korea, Turnbull assesses how Japanese defensive architecture betrays these influences.

Also examined is the effect that the terrain in Japan had on fortifications - from the early reliance on earthworks and palisades and the development of wooden and earth castles, often sited on the top of the mountains, into more elaborate stone constructions in the 15th century. Finally, the emergence of the stone towers that are so characteristic of samurai is investigated, as is the gradual adaptation of Japanese castles to accommodate the introduction of firearms. With previously unpublished photographs from the author's private collection and full-color artwork, including detailed cutaways, this is an essential guide to the fascinating development of Japanese castles.

Product details

Published Apr 22 2008
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781846032530
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 1 b/w; 13 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Fortress
Short code FOR 74
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Stephen Turnbull

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