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Studies on Fortification in India

 
Jean Deloche (Author) Collection Indologie
Synopsis

This book brings together essays on some prominent defensive works which have been constructed over many centuries across the Indian subcontinent, particularly South India.

The first chapter, on the Harappan period and early historic Indian sites, is based mainly on archaeological reports; all the other chapters, covering South India from the 3rd to the 18th century A.D., draw on the available historical material, both documentary and epigraphic, as well as on intense field work and personal investigations carried out by the author over the past twenty years in numerous hill forts and fortified towns in India.

Much of the information has been already published piecemeal in a range of articles written in French. Here, the findings of this body of work are freshly presented with an attempt at synthesis.

For each period a selection has been made of outstanding examples of fortification in order to analyse the building techniques, considering the evolution of military technology, particularly the development of artillery, to establish the typology of the structures and to bring into focus a reliable method for identifying and dating defensive works in India.

This analysis, which draws attention to the considerable skills and ingenuities of Indian fort builders, has something to engage the interest of all those concerned with India military monuments, be they engineers, archaeologists or historians.

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About the author

Jean Deloche

Jean Deloche, a senior member of the Ecole francaise d’Extreme-Orient and the French Institute of Pondicherry, has devoted all his academic career to the study of Indian History.  Among the several books and articles written by him, two have been recently published in English: Origins of the Urban Development of Pondicherry according to Seventeenth Century Dutch Plans, 2004, and Senji (Gingee) A Fortified city in the Tamil Country, 2005.

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Bibliographic information

Title Studies on Fortification in India
Author Jean Deloche
Format Softcover
Date published: 23.07.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 2855396646, 9782855396644
length viii+268p., Figures; Maps; Plates; 30cm.