Sieges: A Comparative Study

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 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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In this study, Watson, a retired professor and author on military topics, analyzes five sieges in Western European history: Jerusalem, Malta, Sebastopol, Kut-al-Amara, and Singapore. Using the ... Read full review


Overview and Method
Jerusalem 1099
Malta 1565
Sebastopol October 1854 to September 1855
KutalAmara December 1915 to April 1916
Singapore 7 December 1941 to 15 February 1942
Constants and Variables
The Ongoing Story
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BRUCE ALLEN WATSON is Emeritus Professor, History of Art, and past chairman, Division of Applied and Fine Arts, Diablo Valley College. His lifelong study of military history led to his first book, The Great Indian Mutiny: Colin Campbell and the Campaign at Lucknow (Praeger, 1991).

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