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

Jericho 1405 BC
1
Troy 1250 BC
3
Plataea 42927 BC
6
Syracuse 415413 BC
9
Veii 404396 BC
14
Tyre 332 BC
17
Syracuse 213212 BC
20
Carthage 149146 BC
24
Quebec 177576
175
Fort Stanwix 1777
179
Gibraltar 177983
183
Pensacola 1781
187
Yorktown 1781
191
Toulon 1793
195
Genoa 1800
199
Badajoz 1812
201

Numantia 134133 BC
29
Alesia 52 BC
31
Jerusalem 70
35
Masada 7374
39
Aquileia 452
42
Rome 53738
44
Constantinople 71718
47
Pavia 77374
50
Paris 88586
53
Jerusalem 1099
55
Acre 118991
59
Montsegur 124344
62
Baghdad 1258
66
Hsiangyang 126873
68
Calais 134647
71
Nicopolis 1396
74
Orleans 142829
76
Constantinople 1453
80
Granada 1491
85
Tenochtitlan 1521
88
Rhodes 1522
94
Pavia 152425
97
Vienna 1529
101
Boulogne 1544
105
Malta 1565
107
Chitor Garh 156768
111
Famagusta 1571
113
Antwerp 158485
116
Kinsale 160102
121
Osaka 161415
125
La Rochelle 162728
129
Magdeburg 1631
132
Maastricht 1673
137
Vienna 1683
139
Londonderry 1689
142
St Augustine 1702
146
Turin 1706
149
Lille 1708
151
Louisbourg 1745
154
Arcot 1751
157
Fort Niagara 1759
160
Quebec 1759
163
Havana 1762
167
Boston 177576
171
Cuautla 1812
205
Cartagena 1815
208
Athens Acropolis 182627
212
The Alamo 1836
215
Rome 1849
220
Sevastopol 185455
222
Delhi 1857
227
Gaeta 186061
231
Puebla 1863
234
Vicksburg 1863
237
Petersburg 186465
241
Fort Fisher 186465
245
Humaita 186768
249
Paris 187071
252
Plevna 1877
256
Khartoum 188485
260
Chitral 1895
263
Manila 1898
267
Mafeking 18991900
271
Peking 1900
276
Port Arthur 190405
280
Liege 1914
284
KutalAmara 191516
288
Madrid 193639
291
Bilbao 1937
297
Malta 194042
301
Tobruk 1941
306
Leningrad 194144
311
Sevastopol 194142
316
Singapore 1942
318
Stalingrad 194243
323
Monte Cassino 1944
327
Imphal 1944
333
Dien Bien Phu 195354
337
Quemoy Kinmen 195859
342
Khe Sanh 1968
345
Beirut 1982
349
Basra 198287
352
Sarajevo 199195
357
Grozny 199495
360
Glossary
365
Index
369
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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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