City Walls: The Urban Enceinte in Global Perspective

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Cambridge University Press, 25 sept. 2000 - 697 pages
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The essays presented in this volume describe a phenomenon so widespread in human time and space that its importance is easily overlooked. City walls shaped the history of warfare; the mobilization of manpower and resources needed to build them favored some kinds of polities over others; and their massive strength, appropriately ornamented, created a visual language of authority. Chapters by historians and art historians explore how separate traditions throughout the world illustrate universal themes of defensive strategy and the symbolism of power, each time embedded in a distinctive local context.
 

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TO WALL OR NOT TO WALL
3
Contained communities in tropical Africa
19
Palisaded settlements in prehistoric eastern North
46
Evidence from medieval
71
Urban development vs defense
88
City and town in colonial
117
The fortifications of Epaminondas and the rise of
155
their early medieval Nachleben
192
Walled towns during the French wars of religion
317
Borrowing
349
The artillery fortress as an engine of European
386
Representations of Chinese walled cities in the pictorial
419
The hierarchy of Ming city walls
461
Medieval French representations of city and other
530
Siege law siege ritual and the symbolism of city
573
Representations of the city in siege views of
605

Walled cities in Islamic North Africa and Egypt
219
Changing boundaries
247
Ottoman military architecture in the early gunpowder
282
Annotated bibliography of selected secondary works
647
Index
663
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