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By Peter Spring

Everyone has heard of the nice Wall of China and is familiar with of Hadrian's Wall and the opposite obstacles lining stretches of Rome's imperial frontiers. yet Peter Spring's unique new research demonstrates that faraway from being unprecedented, the development of partitions and different linear defences used to be general one of the peoples and states of pre-modern period. He reveals examples nearly all around the globe and analyses their varieties and strategic capabilities. He reveals styles for his or her distribution, an immense recurrent subject being the divide among settled agriculture and nomads. the writer argues that it really is wrong to view such undertakings as inevitably in simple terms shielding measures that would be proof of lack of confidence or a 'maginot line mentality', as they have been in reality usually approximately competitive statement of keep watch over over a area or strategic routes. 

This unique and thought-provoking examine brings new mild and perception to a desirable and missed element of human political and armed forces historical past. It The transparent textual content is supported via quite a few, specifically drawn maps and photographs.

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