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Great sieges have had an enormous impact on the shaping of world history. The 100 most important sieges from around the world & throughout history are covered -- from Joshua's assault on Jericho in the 15th cent. B.C. to the Russian attack on the Chechen capital of Grozny at the end of the 20th cent. Each entry provides vital & fascinating info., incl. the siege's exact location, the number of forces engaged, the names of the commanders on each side, & the importance of the siege in its historical context. Explores the actions & motivations of both the defenders & the attackers, & strategically surveys the technical & tactical innovations & conditions inside besieged positions & in the besiegers' ranks. Includes illustrations & over 70 maps.
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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.About the Author:
Paul K. Davis teaches history at Texas Military Institute. He is the author of 100 Decisive Battles: From Ancient Times to the Present.
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