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ISBN:0715365576
Author: Christopher Duffy
ISBN13: 978-0715365571
Title: Fire and Stone: The Science of Fortress Warfare, 1660-1860
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Publisher: David & Charles; First Edition edition (April 1975)
Pages: 208

Fire and Stone: The Science of Fortress Warfare, 1660-1860 by Christopher Duffy



Personal Name: Duffy, Christopher, 1936-. Publication, Distribution, et. Newton Abbot On this site it is impossible to download the book, read the book online or get the contents of a book. The administration of the site is not responsible for the content of the site. The data of catalog based on open source database. All rights are reserved by their owners. Download book Fire and stone : the science of fortress warfare, 1660-1860, Christopher Duffy.

Provides a detailed analysis of the arts of fortification and siegecraft as they were carried on between 1660 and 1860, a period when fortress warfare exercised an often decisive influence upon strategy, politics and urban life.

Fire and Stone has helped to correct much of this. It is definitely a technical work and one written more for specialists then the general reader. But it never ascends to a level where the amatuer is simply left in the dirt. It has a wealth of drawings and diagrams, photographs, and schematics. The overall view of European fortification theory and practice provides a good background for understanding the forts we see in North America, as well as other locations around the world from the age of European colonization. I find any Christopher Duffy book enjoyable to read, with a good mix of general information, period quotation, anecdotes, and illustration. 4 people found this helpful.

I find any Christopher Duffy book enjoyable to read, with a good mix of general information, period quotation, anecdotes, and illustration. A well-written, informative introduction to the subject. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 10 years ago. The title is a bit misleading, in that the concentration of the work is more on 17th and 18th (Duffy's specialty) centuries of European siege warfare, with relatively little on the 19th century, while Duffy reaches back to the end of 16th century for some examples. This is a very minor quibble, though.

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There are two companion volumes to the present work: Fire and Stone. The Science of Fortress Warfare 1660-1860, Newton Abbot, 1975. xv. with the techniques of siting, designing, building, garrisoning, defending and attacking artillery fortifications in the classic age (out of print). The Fortress in the Early Modern World 1494-1660, London, 1979. Similar in style to the present work, but contains additional sections on oriental engineering, and on urbanism and the architectural and literary symbolism of artillery fortification.

Book description: Publisher: Book Sales. Identifiers: ISBN 10: 0785821090 ISBN 13: 9780785821090. This book describes the following items: Military - General, History, History - Military : War, Military, Military - Strategy, More about the author(s): Christopher Duffy was born in 1936. Download more by: Christopher Duffy. Find and Load Ebook Fire And Stone

The fortress was originally constructed by Gustav Vasa in 1544 to defend Stockholm against shipborne attacks from the east, but most of the current structure dates from 1833–1863. Russian prisoners-of-war were used in part to build the fortress. The stretch of water below the building was formerly the main sea route to Stockholm. Thus, the fortress was strategically situated to defend the city from naval attacks. The Danes attacked it in 1612 and the Russian navy in 1719. Since the mid 19th century, its military importance has ceased  . Fire and Stone – The Science of Fortress Warfare 1660 – 1860 by Prof. Download as PDF. Printable version.

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Reviews: 7
Adoraris
Very helpful for my research paper. Well written and clear.
Dont_Wory
I have long been a military history buff. A few years ago the Army sent me and my family to Germany for three years - which was a dream come true. While there I toured several of the old forts built during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It's embarressing, but I the military history enthusiast knew very little about these forts; the engineering, the purposes behind their construction, how the sieges were conducted, nothing. I realized that my knowledge of European warfare effectively ended in the middle of the fifteen hundreds and didn't resume until the mid - eighteen hundreds. The old fortresses fascinated me, thanks in a large part to the fact that I couldn't dechipher the layout of the walls. Centuries of vegetation, vandalism, urban growth, and decay had rendered many of the forts almost non-exsistent. Fire and Stone has helped to correct much of this. It is definitely a technical work and one written more for specialists then the general reader. But it never ascends to a level where the amatuer is simply left in the dirt. It has a wealth of drawings and diagrams, photographs, and schematics. The captions are well written and extremely helpful. There is also a very complete glossary at the back of the book which is not only a necessity but a god send. All to often it seems that authors forget such little details. Without the glossary this book would be impossible to follow. Numerous French, Latin, German, and Spanish terms for the various fortifications and their appendages are used, sometimes different names for the same structure are used! The glossary is an absolute must. The second half of the book is concerns the conduct of a siege for both the besieger and the besieged. Like the first half this part also shows the same attention to detail but never forgets the reader. All in all I have to give this book very high marks. Though it appeals only to a small sector of history buffs I recommend it. And if you have ever visited some of the old forts in Canada, such as Fort Henry in Kingston, Ontario, and marveled at the old fortress and its layout this book just might be for you as well.
Vareyma
Thisb is an excellent account on the building of fortresses and the mechanics of mounting a siege in the years 1660-1860.
The aurhor divides the book into several sections covering -the why,where and how fortresses were built,the parts of a fort and the services required to maintain such a building plus the methods used to mount a sucessful siege anddetails of 2 famous sieges.
Well written and researched with outstanding diagrams and sketches.
Still In Mind
I have the original edition of Fire and Stone on my shelf, and am happy to see it in print again so those I recommend it to can actually get it! If you are interested in fortifications of this era, this is an excellent place to start. The overall view of European fortification theory and practice provides a good background for understanding the forts we see in North America, as well as other locations around the world from the age of European colonization. It has a good general focus on the era, not too wide or too narrow. If you are just interested in medieval castles or the Maginot Line, you will want something else, but you might enjoy this book anyway! I find any Christopher Duffy book enjoyable to read, with a good mix of general information, period quotation, anecdotes, and illustration.
Boyn
I felt comelled to write a review after seeing the one-star review. I just finished reading this book. I'm habituated to highlighting things of interest as I read, and in the course of reading this I went through two or three markers. Every paragraph is revealing, and the book is festooned with contemporary illustrations, many by the great Vauban himself. If you are a lazy reader you won't like this book - it requires a certain amount of thought as you read since it presents a vast amount of technical detail - how the classic artillery fortress was built, the rationale behind its form, and, in great detail, how it was attacked and subdued. If you love to learn and are willing to invest a little thought you will treasure this book. I can't imagine a better presentation of the subject.
Mohn
The title is a bit misleading, in that the concentration of the work is more on 17th and 18th (Duffy's specialty) centuries of European siege warfare, with relatively little on the 19th century, while Duffy reaches back to the end of 16th century for some examples. This is a very minor quibble, though. The book demands attentive reading, strictly as a matter of the technical vocabulary and the difficulty of describing architectural and geometric concepts in text, not due to the author's style, which is pleasant, verging on breezy. Additionally, there is a very good glossary and a profusion of illustrations by which the terms and concepts are illustrated. Highly recommended, especially at the current price of $9.99.
Uaoteowi
I don't know what that dude is talking about. This book is really boring. You have to read on and on and on to learn how things were done and why. The information is not well organized and it appears that alot of the same things are said over and over again, just worded different. Also, it appears to follow the career of a particular castle builder, and doesn't really encompass the broader spectrum of castle/fort building. This should include types of seige warfare, the living conditions possible and common to the inhabitants, interior designs, and so on. I would think these would be included in a book of the same size as this one. But it really dwells on why castles/ forts were built. I can say it right now in less than 5 freakin' chapters, TO KEEP PEOPLE OUT!

The text has a little (very little) valuable or awe inspiring information, and alot of filler. There are many more books out there that detail a greater time period with better information and better pictures. I don't know them off hand, but I recommend you put this book down and go look for them. Sorry Duffy.