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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 355
EAN: 9781846032530
ISBN: 1846032539
Label: Osprey Publishing
Manufacturer: Osprey Publishing
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 64
Publication Date: 2008-04-22
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Release Date: 2008-04-22
Studio: Osprey Publishing

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Summary: Great introduction to early Japanese castles
Comment: Stephen Turnbull's Japanese Castles AD 250-1540 is a follow up to his earlier work that covers the Japanese castles from 1540 to 1640. This short book proves to be a fine introduction to the gradual evolution of the development and design of classical Japanese castle that played an important part in all of their internal wars. The author goes all the way back to the early ancient Japan to the beginning of the Sengoku Period to trace this development.

The book comes well endowed with photos, drawings and illustrations that proves to be quite good. Many of the photos are taken in color and appears to be recently photographed. All are very helpful in aiding the author's narrative. Only major weakness I saw in this book was that there wasn't much diagrams on the basic design and layout of many of these castles as they developed over time. Still, since this book is an introductory format, I may be asking too much for any Osprey book to go into that much detail.

I truly hope that some day, Mr. Turnbull will actually write a real book on the Japanese castles since these Osprey books only touches the tip of the very large iceberg. Until then, this book will have to do. If you brought any or all of the author's previous Osprey fortress books on Japan, then getting this book would be a no-brainer. Its well written, superbly researched and easy to read. It does accomplished it purpose of introducing the reader to the basic history of Japanese castles during the period of 250-1540. Book come highly recommended for anyone interested in this subject matter.

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