Strongholds of the samurai: Japanese castles 250-1877
The first proper fortifications in Japan began to develop with the appearance of the first emperors around 250. Although initially fortifications were simply wooden constructions, as internal strife became a way of life in Japan, more and increasingly elaborate fortifications were built. By the mid-16th century elaborate and beautiful traditional stone castles were wide spread. At the same time, rivalries between different monastic orders led to the development of fortified Buddhist temples and monasteries until the suppression of the warrior monks under Tokugawa Ieyasu. The 19th century saw the development of European-style forts, and the strengthening of costial defences against incursions by the West.
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Review: Strongholds of the Samurai: Japanese Castles 250-1877User Review - Goodreads
While this was very little more than the combination of the four Osprey Fortresses (also written by Mr Turnbull), it was still an interesting read and added some extra information on a variety of topics.
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This is a comprehensive guide to the Japanese way of castles. First it presents the historical context and the conflicts that involved forresses, and then the castles themselves. It is well written ... Read full review
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