City Walls: The Urban Enceinte in Global Perspective

City Walls: The Urban Enceinte in Global Perspective

by James D. Tracy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521652219

ISBN-13: 9780521652216

Pub. Date: 09/28/2012

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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…  See more details below

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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. Previous collective volumes on the subject have dealt mainly with Europe, but the historians and art historians who collaborate here follow a comparative agenda. The millenial practice of wall building that branched out from the ancient Near East into India, Europe, and North Africa shows continuities and points of contact of which the makers of urban fortifications were scarcely aware; separate traditions in China, sub-Saharan Africa, and North America illustrate universal themes of defensive strategy and the symbolism of power, each time embedded in a distinctive local context.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521652216
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2012
Series:
Studies in Comparative Early Modern History Series
Pages:
718
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.69(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Contained communities in tropical Africa19
2Palisadad settlements in prehistoric eastern North America46
3To wall or not to wall: Evidence from medieval Germany71
4Medieval walled space: Urban development vs. defense88
5A world without walls: City and town in colonial Spanish America117
6The fortifications of Epaminondas and the rise of the monumental Greek city155
7Imperial walled cities in the West: An examination of their early medieval Nachleben192
8Walled cities in Islamic North Africa and Egypt with particular reference to the Fatamids (909-1171)219
9Delhi walled: Changing boundaries247
10Ottoman military architecture in the early gunpowder era: A reassessment282
11Walled towns during the French wars of religion (1560-1630)317
12Portuguese urban fortifications in Morocco: Borrowing, adaptation, and innovation along a military frontier349
13The artillery fortress as an engine of European overseas expansion, 1480-1750386
14Representations of Chinese walled cities in the pictorial and graphic arts419
15The hierarchy of Ming city walls461
16Decoration of city walls in the medieval Islamic world: The epigraphic message488
17Medieval French representations of city and other walls530
18Siege law, siege ritual, and the symbolism of city walls in Renaissance Europe573
19Representations of the city in siege views of the seventeenth century: The was of military images and their production605
Annotated bibliography of selected secondary works647
Index663

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