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Strongholds of the Samurai: Japanese Castles 250-1877 (General Military) Hardcover – March 24, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: General Military
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; 1ST edition (March 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846034132
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846034138
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,456,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Strongholds of the Samurai is an essential guide to the unique fortifications of Japanese castles... Author Stephen Turnbull looks at the styles and construction methods of each era, advances in military strategy and defense, and explores what life was like inside the walls of a Japanese castle. 

"Stephen Turnbull is one of the best writers in the Fortress series, as well as an outstanding authority on Japanese fortifications." -Bolling Smith, The Coast Defense Journal (July 2009)

"Castle fortifications for Japan's military began appearing after the first emperors and quickly evolved from simple wooden barriers to complex and beautiful stone structures. This focus explores how these castles were adapted to accommodate firearms and changing military technology, and considers how they lent to Japanese military developments as a whole. Unpublished photos from the author's private collection and color artwork accompany a survey recommended for both military and Japanese history holdings." -California Bookwatch (June 2009)

"Overall, 'Strongholds of the Samurai' is an excellent compilation, giving a detailed overview of the development of Japanese fortifications throughout time, social classes, and different countries. At less than half the price of two of the original works, it's also a great value. An attractive volume, it's loaded with photos, prints, color plates, maps, and artwork. The majority of the information given in three of the four chapters has never been seen in English, and author Turnbull is still among the best when it comes to bringing the old legends and stories of Japan to life for the reader. It's a winner-an absolute no-brainer of a purchase." -http://shogun-yashiki.blogspot.com

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In all, it makes for an excellent primer on the subject and fully meets this reviewer's expectations of books in this series. If you want to learn about the subject, I know you will find it to be equally useful. Buy with confidence." -Scott Van Aken, www.modelingmadness.com (May 2009)

About the Author

Stephen Turnbull took his first degree at Cambridge University, and received a PhD from Leeds University for his work on Japanese religious history. He has travelled extensively in Europe and the Far East and also runs a well-used picture library. His work has been recognised by the awarding of the Canon Prize of the British Association for Japanese Studies and a Japan Festival Literary Award. He currently divides his time between lecturing in Japanese Religion at the University of Leeds and writing.

More About the Author

Stephen Richard Turnbull is a historian specializing in eastern military history, especially the samurai of Japan. The books he wrote are mainly on Japanese and Mongolian subjects. He attended Cambridge University where he gained his first degree. He currently holds an MA in Theology, MA in Military History and a PhD from the University of Leeds where he is currently a lecturer in Far Eastern Religions. He has also written a number of books on other medieval topics. He was on the editorial board of the short-lived Medieval History Magazine (2003-2005), which was published in association with the Royal Armouries. He was a consultant for the widely successful PC game Shogun: Total War and also its well-received sequel Shogun 2: Total War, both products of Creative Assembly, as well as the upcoming film 47 Ronin starring Keanu Reeves.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By lordhoot on April 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a well written book by Stephen Turnbull about the history and evolution of Japanese castles and fortified temples. The book covers from the early Nara-Heian era all the way up to fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The book is well illustrated, photographed, mapped and written. Anyone with passing interest in Japanese Samurai history will find this book to be a very good basic source of reference.

However, it should be reminded that this book is basically a combination of four previous Osprey books already written by Stephen Turnbull. The two books on Japanese castles, the book on fortified temples and the book on Japanese castles in Korea, all written by Stephen Turnbull, are complied in this single volume. If you already owned these four books, there is little reason to buy this book. The short expanded section of this book only covers the period of the Mejii Restoration period. I think there were few extras here and there although my memories isn't so good in the exact detail. But needless to say, "expanded" section of this book is extremely limited. Some b/w photos are now in color and maps and diagrams increase or decrease in sizes. However, if you do not own any of these four books or own just one or two, then this current book will be a definite money saver.

While I was hoping for a more original work by Stephen Turnbull, I guess for most, this book should fill the need.
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By Summit on February 16, 2014
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My son loved it. He's been asking for it for quite awhile. Delivered as promised before Christmas. Great book - would recommend it
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Format: Hardcover
Castle fortifications for Japan's military began appearing after the first emperors and quickly evolved from simple wooden barriers to complex and beautiful stone structures. This focus explores how these castles were adapted to accommodate firearms and changing military technology, and considers how they lent to Japanese military developments as a whole. Unpublished photos from the author's private collection and color artwork accompany a survey recommended for both military and Japanese history holdings.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By EdM on January 10, 2013
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Recently purchased this book hoping for historical chronology of japanese castles. Not this book! Fooled by title,this book is only a compilation of four thin books giving only quick overview of design and development up to 1540 and even then only in 13 pages. Most of the book is good just to flip through and talk about with guests. Serious readers will whiz through it in an hour-hour and half. Second chapter on monasteries pointless except for few pages and final chapter only shows where castles once were and now buried by korean buildings.Nothing on Osaka castle-most famous castle-except two mentions.Not even a photo. Recommend this book only for bookcase filler,its ok but not worth more than $5 bargain price. Will not buy this author again.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mortone on January 27, 2011
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This is a great book if you do not have any of the other books by this author on Castles.
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