Sieges: A Comparative Study (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 1993 - History - 176 pages
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Watson presents five sieges for detailed analysis. The author utilizes the methodology John Keegan developed to define sieges as a form of battle and to explore the "categories of combat"--those relationships of men versus weapons and the commitment to battle on the part of the contestants--which determined the outcome of battles and wars. Watson's unique study is a contribution to the study of siege warfare and provides a background for understanding the Gulf War--which, Watson shows, was a siege--as well as contemporary global conflict. The sieges--Jerusalem, Malta, Sebastopol, Kut-al-Amara, and Singapore--are analyzed in great detail. From his analysis, Watson developes a set of characteristics of sieges that is useful for understanding the siege--a form of battle that has been with us for a long time and that will remain a major element of modern warfare. Students of military history and tactics--buffs and professionals--will find value and entertainment in this provocative study.
  

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Contents

Overview and Method
1
Jerusalem 1099
11
Malta 1565
35
Sebastopol October 1854 to September 1855
57
KutalAmara December 1915 to April 1916
83
Singapore 7 December 1941 to 15 February 1942
107
Constants and Variables
129
The Ongoing Story
145
Selected Bibliography
165
Index
169
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