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Defense Structures

Defense Structures

Hardback Ancient Chinese Architecture

By (author) Yun Qiao, Translated by Z. Wenzheng

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  • Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
  • Format: Hardback | 186 pages
  • Dimensions: 294mm x 414mm x 34mm | 2,540g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Vienna
  • ISBN 10: 3211830138
  • ISBN 13: 9783211830130
  • Illustrations note: 157 colour illustrations

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One of the most impressive military defence works in the history of humanity is the Great Wall of China, 6,350 kilometres in length. The last volume in the series is dedicated to an exhaustive study of the history and building techniques of the Great Wall. Together with the nine fortified border towns it served to defend every inch of the massive land from invasion. Other fortified cities are also included with their watch-towers, moats, city walls and city gates: Changan (Xian), Luonyang, Jianye (Nanjing), Kaifeng und Beijing.

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Photographs: The Great Wall; North China; Central China; South China; Northeast China; Western China.- Text: Evolution of City Defense Structures, Walls and Moats - Ascent and Decline of the Dynastic Capital Cities: The First City Walls and Moats; Towns and Cities of the Three Dynasties; Capital Cities of the Periods of Spring/Autumn and the Warring States; Qin Xianyang, Han Changan and Luoyang; Yecheng, Jianye and Chengdu of the Period of Three Kingdoms; Wall Construction During the Two Jin and the Northern/Southern Dynasties; Changan Cheng of the Sui and Tang Dynasties; Yuan Dadu, Ming and Qing Beijing and Provincial Cities.- Design, Structure, Construction, Attack and Defense - Strategically Located Strong Defense Systems: Rules of Design; Defense Structures; Construction; Attack and Defense.- The Ten Thousand Li Great Wall - The Greatest Defense Work in Chinese History: History of the Great Wall; Nine-Frontier Vital Commands.- Appendices.- Notes on the Photographs.- Maps and Chronology