Masters of Traditional Arts [2 volumes]: A Biographical Dictionary

Masters of Traditional Arts [2 volumes]: A Biographical Dictionary

by Alan Govenar
     
 

ISBN-10: 1576072401

ISBN-13: 9781576072400

Pub. Date: 09/21/2001

Publisher: ABC-Clio, LLC

Besieged examines the most important sieges in historyùthe actions and motivations of attackers and defenders along with conditions inside and outside the city walls.

In a cycle repeated throughout history, people have congregated in walled cities for mutual protection, and then attackers, lured by the wealth behind the city walls, have laid siege. This

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Besieged examines the most important sieges in historyùthe actions and motivations of attackers and defenders along with conditions inside and outside the city walls.

In a cycle repeated throughout history, people have congregated in walled cities for mutual protection, and then attackers, lured by the wealth behind the city walls, have laid siege. This fascinating volume examines the most important sieges in world history from the earliest times to the present.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781576072400
Publisher:
ABC-Clio, LLC
Publication date:
09/21/2001
Pages:
754
Product dimensions:
8.74(w) x 11.22(h) x 2.10(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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