Japanese Castles AD 250–1540

Japanese Castles AD 250–1540

Fortress 74
  • Author: Stephen Turnbull
  • Illustrator: Peter Dennis
  • Short code: FOR 74
  • Publication Date: 2 Apr 2008
  • Number of Pages: 64
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Dr Stephen Turnbull is internationally recognised for his research into and writing on Japanese military history. Here he applies his scholarship to an account of the evolution of Japanese defensive architecture and engineering, from early earthworks through to wooden and earth castles and, finally, the emergence of the stone towers that are so characteristic of the samurai. He also plots the adaptation of Japanese castles to accommodate the introduction of firearms. With unpublished photographs from the author's private collection and full-colour artwork, including detailed cutaways, this is an essential guide to the fascinating development of Japanese castles.

Biographical Note

Stephen Turnbull is recognized as one of the world's foremost military historians of the medieval and early modern periods. He first rose to prominence as a result of his 1977 book, The Samurai: A Military History. Since then he has achieved an equal fame in writing about European military subjects and has had almost 60 books published. He has always tried to concentrate on the less familiar areas of military history, together with a keen interest in Japanese religion, for which he is a lecturer at Leeds University.Peter Dennis was born in 1950. Inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn he studied illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects. He is a keen wargamer and modelmaker. He is based in Nottinghamshire, UK

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