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Forts and fortresses : from the hillforts of prehistory to modern times, the definitive visual account of the science of fortification
Brice, Martin Hubert, 1935-
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Publication Information:
New York : Facts on File, [1990]

Physical Description:
192 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 30 cm
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UG401 .B849 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Traces the history of fortification from the Ancient Babylonian brick structures in 3500 BC, to the massive Atlantic Wall erected by the Germans during World War II. Each chapter covers a specific period in history, or a recognizable culture, and documents the best examples of fortification, the defensive innovations of the period, and other key developments. With hundreds of illustrations, many in color. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Booklist Review

At first glance, this hardcover volume seems simply to be a photographic journal of world fortifications. Yet, further scrutiny reveals that--though replete with illustrations (reproduced photos, paintings, sketches, and warmly shaded maps)--Forts and Fortresses is much more than just a visual account of the evolution of means of attack, protection, and repulsion from the ancient world to the contemporary scene. The layout is immediately appealing, and it is a likely draw for browsers. The writing is not difficult, and all technical terms are found in the easy-to-use glossary. Accomplishments of cultures outside the European arena are addressed, lending further credibility to this effort. However, the focus is on technical factors and physical relationships and the psychological and social factors are neglected. Consequently, the abiding audience will be those with a distinct interest in physical warfare. Glossary, bibliography; index. ~--Angus Trimnell

School Library Journal Review

YA-- A concise history of the use of fortifications around the world from prehistory to the present to illustrate the developments in defense. Special features include half-page descriptions of significant forts and in-depth articles, each of which is several pages in length. The chronological order is detailed through the ancient, medieval, renaissance, and expanding worlds, but lacks the same depth in the industrial world and in predictions for the future. Excellent illustrations and photos complement the text. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.