Besieged : an encyclopedia of great sieges from ancient times to the present /

Main Author: Davis, Paul K., 1952-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2001.
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Davis offers brief accounts of 100 notable military sieges, from the storming of Jericho in 1405 BCE to the struggle for Grozny during the 1994-96 Russian invasion of Chechnya. The structure of the entries will be familiar to readers of the author's Encyclopedia of Invasions and Conquests (CH, Jun'97). The entries, averaging three to five pages in length, are well written and pertinent. Davis outlines the course of each siege, describes the forces involved, and puts events into historical context. Each entry includes a brief list of references, nearly all of which cite general secondary sources. Davis includes a brief glossary and an index. The sieges covered represent a good mix of the familiar, such as Masada, the Alamo, Stalingrad, and Sarajevo, with important but lesser-known struggles like Chitor Garh, Khartoum, and Kut-Al-Amara. Undergraduates and general readers will find this work an excellent starting point for research, while graduate students and specialists will find it a useful quick reference source. Recommended for medium- and large-sized academic and public libraries. D. Durant East Carolina University

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