Besieged: 100 Great Sieges from Jericho to Sarajevo

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Oxford University Press, 2003 - History - 376 pages
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From ancient times to the present, great sieges have had an enormous impact on the shaping of world history. Now, in this spectacular, fully-illustrated volume, one hundred of the world's most monumental and mind-boggling sieges are laid out in detail.

Besieged covers the most important sieges from around the world throughout history--from Joshua's assault on Jericho in the fifteenth century B.C. to the Russian attack on the Chechen capital of Grozny at the end of the twentieth. Each entry provides the name and date of the siege, its exact location in terms of today's world, the number of forces engaged, when known, the names of the commanders on each side, and the overall importance of the siege in its historical context. Thoroughly examining the actions of both the attackers and the defenders, the book explores the motivations of both, and strategically surveys the technical and tactical innovations and conditions both inside besieged positions and in the besiegers' ranks. The entries detail the historical setting, the particular circumstances of the event itself, and the long-term results of the siege. These riveting accounts are enhanced by illustrations, over seventy maps, and references for further reading. A glossary and a comprehensive index complete the book.

Global in scope, and with stirring accounts of familiar sieges as well as many lesser known conflicts, Besieged is essential reading for military buffs and everyone interested in how the modern world came to be.

Includes the sieges of:

* Jericho (1405 B.C.)
* Troy (1250 B.C.)
* Acre (1189--1191)
* Constantinople (1453)
* Tenochtitlan (1521
* La Rochelle (1627--1628)
* Leningrad (1941--1944)
* Malta (1940--1942)
* Dien Bien Phu (1954)
* Khe Sanh (1968)
* Beirut (1982)
* Sarajevo (1991--1995)
  

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Contents

Plataea 42927 bc
6
Veii 404396 bc
14
Syracuse 213212 bc
20
Numantia 134133 bc
29
Jerusalem 70
35
Aquileia 452
42
Pavia 77374
50
Acre 118991
59
Kinsale 160102
121
La Rochelle 162728
129
Maastricht 1673
137
St Augustine 1702
146
Louisbourg1745
154
Fort Niagara 1759
160
Havana 1762
167
Quebec 177576
175

Baghdad 1258
66
Nicopolis1396
74
Constantinople 1453
80
Tenochtitlan1521
88
Rhodes 1522
94
Vienna 1529
101
Malta 1565
107
Famagusta 1571
113
Gibraltar 177983
183
Yorktown1781
191
Genoa 1800
199
Cuautla 1812
205
Athens Acropolis 182627
212
Rome 1849
220
Delhi 1857
227
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Paul K. Davis teaches history at Texas Military Institute. He is the author of 100 Decisive Battles: From Ancient Times to the Present.

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