Overview

This book presents five sieges--Jerusalem, Malta, Sebastopol, Kut-al-Amara, and Singapore--for detailed analysis. The author utilizes the methodology developed by John Keegan 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 determine the outcome of battles and wars. Watson's unique study is a contribution to the study of siege warfare and provides a background for ...
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Sieges

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Overview

This book presents five sieges--Jerusalem, Malta, Sebastopol, Kut-al-Amara, and Singapore--for detailed analysis. The author utilizes the methodology developed by John Keegan 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 determine 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 Dien Bien Phu and the Gulf War, as well as contemporary global conflict.
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Compares five sieges from different times and places to articulate the constants and variables they exhibit. A particular emphasis is the how the confined spaces involved affect the manner of fighting and human conduct, expectations, and even perceptions. The sieges are Jerusalem in the First Crusade, 16th- century Malta, 19th-century Sebastopol, Kut-al-Amara in World War I, and Singapore in World War II. Glances at Dien Bien Phu and Kuwait apply the findings to recent sieges. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313047763
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/18/1993
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

BRUCE ALLEN WATSON is Emeritus Professor, History of Art, and past chairman, Division of Applied and Fine Arts, Diablo Valley College.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations and Maps
Preface
1 Sieges: Overview and Method 1
2 Jerusalem, 1099 11
3 Malta, 1565 35
4 Sebastopol, October 1854 to September 1855 57
5 Kut-al-Amara, December 1915 to April 1916 83
6 Singapore, 7 December 1941 to 15 February 1942 107
7 Five Sieges: Constants and Variables 129
8 The Ongoing Story 145
Selected Bibliography 165
Index 169
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