Fortifications and Siegecraft: Defense and Attack through the Ages

Fortifications and Siegecraft: Defense and Attack through the Ages

by Jeremy Black


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As centers for defense and bases for attack since ancient times, fortifications are a crucial aspect of military history. Indeed, as Jeremy Black shows, the history of fortifications is a global history of humanity itself. Moreover, their remains offer a still potent, often dramatic testimony to the past, notably through the strength of the sites, the power of the works, and the vast resources they required. This compelling book explores not only the history of fortifications themselves, but also the real and potential threat to them posed by siegecraft.

Tracing the interaction of attack and defense over time, Black situates the evolution of fortifications within the wider development of governments, societies, and cultures. Moreover, his examination of the future of these installations, as well as of potential methods of destroying them, only reaffirms their omnipresence in human history—and their continued importance. Fortifications are not simply relics of the past, but rather elements fundamental to military and social interaction across the world today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538109687
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/25/2018
Pages: 326
Sales rank: 670,292
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jeremy Black graduated from Cambridge University with a Starred First and did graduate work at Oxford University before teaching at the University of Durham and then at the University of Exeter, where he is professor of history. He has held visiting chairs at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Texas Christian University, and Stillman College. He is a 2018 Templeton Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Black received the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize from the Society for Military History in 2008. His recent books include Naval Warfare: A Global History since 1860, Insurgency and Counterinsurgency: A Global History, Air Power: A Global History, and Combined Operations: A Global History of Amphibious and Airborne Warfare.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Origins
Chapter 2: The Medieval Castle
Chapter 3: The Sixteenth Century
Chapter 4: The Seventeenth Century
Chapter 5: The Eighteenth Century
Chapter 6: The Nineteenth Century
Chapter 7: The World Wars
Chapter 8: Since World War Two
Chapter 9: Conclusions
Selected Further Reading
About the Author

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