Forts

Forts : An illustrated history of building for defence

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Ever since humans began to live together in settlements they have felt the need to organise some kind of defence against potentially hostile neighbours. Many of the earliest city states were built as walled towns, and during the medieval era, stone castles were built both as symbols of the defenders' strength and as protection against potential attack. The advent of cannon prompted fortifications to become lower, denser and more complex, and the forts of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries could appear like snowflakes in their complexity and beautiful geometry. Without forts, the history of America could have taken a very different course, pirates could have sailed the seas unchecked, and Britain itself could have been successfully invaded.

This book explains the history of human fortifications, and is beautifully illustrated using photographs, plans, drawings and maps to explain why they were built, their various functions and their immense historical legacy in laying the foundations of empire.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 280 x 280 x 22.86mm | 1,640g
  • Osprey Publishing
  • New York, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1472827635
  • 9781472827630
  • 696,890

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"The number and quality of the illustrations make this book a real bargain, and it is easy to recommend it to anyone interested in fortifications." - The Coast Defense Journal

"Beautifully illustrated." - Army Magazine
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About The National Archives

Jeremy Black, internationally known military historian and Professor of History at the University of Exeter, is the author of The Cold War: A Military History, Rethinking World War Two: The Conflict and its Legacy, Metropolis, Maps of War and Mapping Naval Warfare among many others. He is also a keen writer on maps and their history. This book brings together his two main interests. He lives in Exeter, UK.
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