Functional changes in fortified places: Strategy and defensive architecture in the Medieval and Early Modern Era

Scott Kirk & Evan Sternberg
Data for Scott Kirk's Doctoral Dissertation. Dissertation Abstract: Defined as fortified elite Houses, castles are a cross-cultural phenomenon, best understood by pairing Niche Construction Theory (NCT) with the Lévi-Straussian concept of the House. NCT can be thought of as a theory of the built environment, thus the material configuration of castles and their placement on the landscape reflect elite socio-cultural requirements. My dissertation asks: How do changes in castle morphology and landscape placement reflect broad...
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