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Fortress Monasteries of the Himalayas: Tibet, Ladakh, Nepal and Bhutan

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Title:Fortress Monasteries of the Himalayas: Tibet, Ladakh, Nepal and Bhutan


Author:Peter Harrison

Publisher:Osprey Publishing

Publish Year:2011

Edition:First Edition

Cover:Paper Back

Subject:Buddhism | Tibetan Buddhism


Remarks:Colour and B&W Illustrations, Maps, Glossary and Index.


Size:185 x 247 mm


Price:USD 9.35

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  • From the 7th century AD Buddhism has been influential in the mountain kingdoms of the Himalayas, a region stretching from China, the Tibetan Autonomous Region, through Bhutan and Nepal to northern India. The cultural and architectural unity of this region is expressed in the fortified monasteries that dominate the landscape. This title recreates the dramatic and colourful fortifications created in these mountain kingdoms, and recounts their operational history through the foreign incursions, religious conflicts and civil wars that litter their history, right through to the Tibetan uprising and flight of the Dalai Lama from the Potala Palace in Lhasa in 1959.

    Peter Harrison

    Peter Harrison is a retired medical practitioner who has had a lifelong interest in military architecture and has written 11 papers over the last 15 or so years on diverse subjects for Fortress, Fort, Casemate and Postern. He has written on fortified churches in La Thierache in France, Peloponnesian castles and fortresses, the fortified village of Ushguli and the Pa Maori. Boydell and Brewer published his book Castles of God: Fortified Religious Buildings of the World in 2004 and it was short listed for the Longman-History Today Book of the Year Award in 2005. It has also been translated and republished in Italy.
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