Fortifications From the Tudors to the Cold War

Fortifications From the Tudors to the Cold War

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Much has been written about the decline and fall of the feudal fortress: much less has been written about the British fortifications that were built in the age of artillery. From the early and dangerous days of gunpowder to the threat of nuclear annihilation, the state has responded to the threat of invasion or attack by building strongholds. Here, the author reveals what fortifications were built to contain insurrection in Scotland in the eighteenth century and Ireland in the twentieth century. How in 1940 Britain put its faith in the pillbox and the secret structures built for defence in the Cold more

Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 128 x 206 x 10mm | 258.55g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Shire Publications
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • colour and b&w illustrations
  • 0747806519
  • 9780747806516

Table of contents

Introduction Henry VIII's 'Great Castles' and Elizabethan bastions The English Civil War The Restoration and the work of de Gomme The Jacobite revolts War with France and Pitt's 'Pork Pies' Palmsteron's 'Follies' and a defence scheme for London The world war The Cold War and the nuclear threat Glossary Select gazetteer of fortifications open to the public Further readingshow more

About Bernard Lowry

Bernard Lowry has had a lifelong interest in military architecture. He is a founder member of the Offa's Dyke Association and the Castle Studies Group, and for seven years was Honorary Secretary of the Fortress Study Group. After taking retirement he was for several years an Area Co-ordinator for the award-winning Defence of Britain more