Besieged: An Encyclopedia of Great Sieges from Ancient Times to the Present

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From Joshua's assault on Jericho in the 15th century B.C. to the Russian attack on the Chechen capital of Grozny at the end of the 20th century, siege warfare has been a recurring theme in the human story. Again and again, engineers have built supposedly impregnable fortifications, only to see them overrun by an ingenious enemy.

In Besieged, military historian Paul F. Davis analyzes the most crucial sieges in world history, such as the siege of Leningrad, which weakened the Nazi forces in World War II, and that of the Alamo, which culminated in independence for Texas. He also describes important sieges unfamiliar to most readers, such as that of Arcot, where a British victory halted the French takeover of southern India. In engaging, accessible language, Davis tracks the invention of new technologies, analyzes innovative tactics, and tells the human story of conditions both inside and outside the city walls.

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About the author

Paul K. Davis, PhD, is a history instructor at the University of Texas, San Antonio, TX and at St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX.

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ABC-CLIO
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Published on
Dec 31, 2001
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Pages
376
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ISBN
9781576071953
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Military / Strategy
History / World
Reference / General
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