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  • Chinese Walled Cities 221 BC- AD 1644by Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 13.95

    It has been said in China that a city without a wall would be as inconceivable as a house without a roof. Even the smallest village invariably had some form of defensive wall, while the Great Wall of China was an attempt to build a barrier along the most vulnerable border of the entire country. Yet the finest examples of walled communities were China's... more...

  • Crusader Castles of the Teutonic Knights (1)by Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2011; US$ 13.95

    Throughout their stormy history the Teutonic Knights of Germany have always been the most controversial brotherhood ever to call themselves 'Knights of Christ'.They were the most warlike of the religious orders, and this is reflected in the architecture they left behind. In contrast to the Templars who are remembered for their churches, the Teutonic... more...

  • Crusader Castles of the Teutonic Knights (2)by Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2011; US$ 13.95

    The original forced conversion of pagan Livonia, what is now the Baltic states of Latvia and Estonia, was carried out by a military order known as the Brethren of the Sword. In 1236 this order was incorporated into the Teutonic Knights following a catastrophic military defeat. The knights had always consolidated their conquests through networks of... more...

  • Fighting Ships of the Far East (1)by Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 13.95

    Fighting Ships of the Far East (1) adds enormously to the hitherto small corpus of knowledge about a fascinating and little known subject. Using detailed descriptions, accurate cutaway plates and reliable historical examples, this book covers the history of Chinese ship design and naval warfare from the beginning of the Han dynasty to the first few... more...

  • Fighting Ships of the Far East (2)by Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 13.95

    Over the centuries, naval relations between Japan and Korea appear to have alternated between peaceful trade and outright hostility. However, this impression can be misleading, as much of what passed for mercantile activity was in fact conducted by Japanese pirate fleets, who pillaged the coasts of Korea and China in a long-lasting tradition that... more...

  • Genghis Khan & the Mongol Conquests 1190?1400by Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 1.49

    The history of the Mongol conquests is a catalogue of superlatives. No army in the world has ever conquered so much territory, and few armies have provoked such terror as the Mongol hordes. So vast was the extent of the Mongol Empire that the samurai of Japan and the Teutonic Knights of Prussia had each fought the same enemy while being unaware of... more...

  • The Great Wall of China 221 BC-AD 1644by Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 13.95

    The most famous example of fortification in the world, the Great Wall of China stretches for more than 6,000km across inhospitable terrain. Charting its development from its earliest origins in the 7th century BC through to the present day, this account reveals the true history of the wall, and explores the myths that surround it. Included are details... more...

  • Hatamotoby Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 14.95

    Each great samurai warlord, or daimyo, had a division of troops known as the Hatamoto, 'those who stand under the flag'. The Hatamoto included the personal bodyguards, the senior generals, the standard bearers and colour-guard, the couriers, and the other samurai under the warlord's personal command. Apart from bodyguard and other duties in immediate... more...

  • Japanese Castles 1540-1640by Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2011; US$ 13.95

    The landscape of 16th- and 17th-century Japan was dominated by the graceful and imposing castles constructed by the powerful 'daimyo' of the period. In this the most turbulent era in Japanese history, these militarily sophisticated structures provided strongholds for the consolidation and control of territory, and inevitably they became the focus... more...

  • Japanese Castles AD 250-1540by Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 13.95

    Dr Stephen Turnbull is internationally recognised for his research into and writing on Japanese military history. Here he applies his scholarship to an account of the evolution of Japanese defensive architecture and engineering, from early earthworks through to wooden and earth castles and, finally, the emergence of the stone towers that are so characteristic... more...