Besieged

Overview

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...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576071953
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Pages: 390
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Jericho (1405 BC) 1
Troy (1250 BC) 3
Plataea (429-427 BC) 6
Syracuse (415-413 BC) 9
Veii (404-396 BC) 14
Tyre (332 BC) 17
Syracuse (213-212 BC) 20
Carthage (149-146 BC) 24
Numantia (134-133 BC) 29
Alesia (52 BC) 31
Jerusalem (70) 35
Masada (73-74) 39
Aquileia (452) 42
Rome (537-38) 44
Constantinople (717-18) 47
Pavia (773-74) 50
Paris (885-86) 53
Jerusalem (1099) 55
Acre (1189-91) 59
Montsegur (1243-44) 62
Baghdad (1258) 66
Hsiang-yang (1268-73) 68
Calais (1346-47) 71
Nicopolis (1396) 74
Orleans (1428-29) 76
Constantinople (1453) 80
Granada (1491) 85
Tenochtitlan (1521) 88
Rhodes (1522) 94
Pavia (1524-25) 97
Vienna (1529) 101
Boulogne (1544) 105
Malta (1565) 107
Chitor Garh (1567-68) 111
Famagusta (1571) 113
Antwerp (1584-85) 116
Kinsale (1601-02) 121
Osaka (1614-15) 125
La Rochelle (1627-28) 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 (1775-76) 171
Quebec (1775-76) 175
Fort Stanwix (1777) 179
Gibraltar (1779-83) 183
Pensacola (1781) 187
Yorktown (1781) 191
Toulon (1793) 195
Genoa (1800) 199
Badajoz (1812) 201
Cuautla (1812) 205
Cartagena (1815) 208
Athens (Acropolis) (1826-27) 212
The Alamo (1836) 215
Rome (1849) 220
Sevastopol (1854-55) 222
Delhi (1857) 227
Gaeta (1860-61) 231
Puebla (1863) 234
Vicksburg (1863) 237
Petersburg (1864-65) 241
Fort Fisher (1864-65) 245
Humaita (1867-68) 249
Paris (1870-71) 252
Plevna (1877) 256
Khartoum (1884-85) 260
Chitral (1895) 263
Manila (1898) 267
Mafeking (1899-1900) 271
Peking (1900) 276
Port Arthur (1904-05) 280
Liege (1914) 284
Kut-al-Amara (1915-16) 288
Madrid (1936-39) 291
Bilbao (1937) 297
Malta (1940-42) 301
Tobruk (1941) 306
Leningrad (1941-44) 311
Sevastopol (1941-42) 316
Singapore (1942) 318
Stalingrad (1942-43) 323
Monte Cassino (1944) 327
Imphal (1944) 333
Dien Bien Phu (1953-54) 337
Quemoy (Kinmen) (1958-59) 342
Khe Sanh (1968) 345
Beirut (1982) 349
Basra (1982-87) 352
Sarajevo (1991-95) 357
Grozny (1994-95) 360
Glossary 365
Index 369
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