Strongholds of the Samurai

Strongholds of the Samurai

Japanese Castles 250–1877

General Military
  • Author: Stephen Turnbull
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 10 Mar 2009
  • ISBN: 9781846034138
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number of Pages: 272
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About this Product

The earliest fortifications in Japan were developed with the appearance of the first emperors in around 250 and were often simple wooden constructions. As internal strife became a way of life in Japan, more and increasingly elaborate fortifications. This book covers the entire period of Japanese castle development from the very first fortifications, through to the sophisticated structures of the 16th and 17th century, explaining how they were adapted to withstand Samurai firearms and exploring life within these castles. With unpublished photographs from the author's private collection and full-color artwork, including detailed cutaways, this is an essential guide to the fascinating development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 fortifications.

Biographical Note

Stephen Turnbull is recognised as one of the world's foremost military historians of the medieval and early modern periods. He took his first degree at Cambridge University, and received a PhD from Leeds University for his work on Japanese religious history. He has travelled extensively in Europe and the Far East and also runs a well-used picture library. 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 50 books published. He has always tried to concentrate on the less familiar areas of military history, in particular such topics as Korea, Eastern Europe, the Baltic states and the Teutonic Knights. His work has been recognised by the awarding of the Canon Prize of the British Association for Japanese Studies and a Japan Festival Literary Award. He currently divides his time between lecturing in Japanese Religion at the University of Leeds and writing. In 2008, he was Visiting Professor of Japanese Religious and Military History at Akita International University, Japan.


Introduction - Japanese Castles 250-1540 - Japanese Castles 1540-1640 - Japanese Castles in Korea 1592-98 - Japanese Fortified Temples and Monasteries - Visiting the Castles - Glossary - Bibliography - Index

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