By Paul K. Davis
From precedent days to the current, nice sieges have had an important influence at the shaping of global background. Now, during this fabulous, fully-illustrated quantity, 100 of the world's such a lot huge and mind-boggling sieges are specified by detail.Besieged covers crucial sieges from around the globe all through heritage - from Joshua's attack on Jericho within the 15th century B.C. to the Russian assault at the Chechen capital of Grozny on the finish of the 20 th. every one access offers the identify and date of the siege, its exactlocation by way of present day international, the variety of forces engaged, while recognized, the names of the commanders on either side, and the final significance of the siege in its old context. completely reading the activities of either the attackers and the defenders, the ebook explores the motivations ofboth, and strategically surveys the technical and tactical ideas and stipulations either inside of besieged positions and within the besiegers' ranks. The entries aspect the historic atmosphere, the actual situations of the development itself, and the long term result of the siege. those rivetingaccounts are more desirable by means of illustrations, over seventy maps, and references for extra examining. A word list and a finished index whole the book.Global in scope, and with stirring bills of normal sieges in addition to many lesser recognized conflicts, Besieged is key examining for army buffs and everybody drawn to how the fashionable international got here to be.
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