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Matthew Trundle

also siege operations on a grand scale. 2 The Persians could assault walled cities by either tunnelling under, climbing over, or even ploughing through the walls themselves. No Greek state could prosecute this kind of siege operation until the latter years of the fifth century BC . Indeed, it is

Vauban under Siege

Engineering Efficiency and Martial Vigor in the War of the Spanish Succession: 2009 Distinguished Book Award


Jamel Ostwald

Vauban under Siege is the first systematic comparison of the theory of Vaubanian siegecraft with its reality. It places Vauban’s siege accomplishments back into their broader context, highlighting his continuation of the quest for ever-greater efficiency pursued by a century of military engineers. Based on a comprehensive inventory of sieges in the War of the Spanish Succession, it describes how both French and Allied military officers rejected this efficiency paradigm and embraced instead vigorous brute force tactics. Ignoring their over-worked and under-compensated engineers at key points, generals chose to save precious campaign time by sacrificing their soldiers’ lives in siege after siege. This early modern cult of the offensive has influenced the Western way of war ever since. Winner of the
2009 Distinguished Book Award of the Society for Military History.

The World of the Siege

Representations of Early Modern Positional Warfare


Edited by Anke Fischer-Kattner and Jamel Ostwald

The World of the Siege examines relations between the conduct and representations of early modern sieges. The volume offers case studies from various regions in Europe (England, France, the Low Countries, Germany, the Balkans) and throughout the world (the Chinese, Ottoman and Mughal Empires), from the 15th century into the 18th. The international contributors analyse how siege narratives were created and disseminated, and how early modern actors as well as later historians made sense of these violent events in both textual and visual artefacts. . The volume's chronological and geographical breadth provides insight into similarities and differences of siege warfare and military culture across several cultures, countries and centuries, as well as its impact on both combatants and observers.


Fernando Echeverría

warfare, the two-year-long Peloponnesian siege of the small Boeotian town of Plataea. And it is an exceptional episode indeed. Thucydides’ description is arguably the single most accomplished account of a siege in Greek literature: with his unrivalled talent, he devoted some 30 chapters in his second and

Heritage under Siege

Military Implementation of Cultural Property Protection Following the 1954 Hague Convention


Joris Kila

Heritage under Siege, winner of the Blue Shield Award 2012, is the result of international multidisciplinary research on the subject of military implementation of cultural property protection (CPP) in the event of conflict. The book considers the practical feasibility as well as ideal perspectives within the juridical boundaries of the 1954 Hague Convention. The situation of today's cultural property protection is discussed. New case studies further introduce and analyze the subject. The results of field research which made it possible to follow and test processes in conflict areas including training, education, international, interagency, and interdisciplinary cooperation are presented here. This book gives a useful overview of the playing field of CPP and its players, as well as contemporary CPP in the context of military tasks during peace keeping and asymmetric operations. It includes suggestions for future directions including possibilities to balance interests and research outcomes as well as military deliverables. A separate section deals with legal aspects.


Gwyn Davies

The decision to mount a siege of a defended centre in the classical world was not one to be taken lightly. Given the commitment of time and resources that might be necessary to obtain a successful outcome, the commensurate gain to be derived from the successful prosecution of such an operation

Jerusalem under Siege

The Collapse of the Jewish State, 66-70 C.E.



An internal history of the four tragic years of the Jewish rebellion, which began with militant optimism in the year 66 and ended with the destruction of the Temple and city of Jerusalem four years later. The main theme is internal collapse: from the decades before the war, when deepening factionalism throughout Jewish Society contributed to the ultimate outbreak of revolution, to the Temple meeting of 66, when an alliance among competing factions was insecurely riveted together and an "army" with conflicting enthusiasms was formed, from the toppling of the first regime in 67/8, to the disintegration of the second regime from 68 to 70, and from the siege, during which the famine fell on different segments of the population with sadly unequal weight, to desertion, the patterns of which provide a negative image of the constantly shifting political fortunes of revolutionary partners. Classical, rabbinic, archaeological and numismatic evidence are brought to bear on a new interpretation of Josephus' Bellum Judaicum.


Edited by Jeremy Armstrong and Matthew Trundle

Brill’s Companion to Sieges in the Ancient Mediterranean is a wide-ranging exploration of sieges and siege warfare as practiced and experienced by the cultures which lived around the ancient Mediterranean basin. From Pharaonic Egypt to Renaissance Italy, and from the Neo-Assyrian Empire to Hellenistic Greece and Roman Gaul, case studies by leading experts probe areas of both synergy and divergence within this distinctive form of warfare amongst the cultures in this broadly shared environment.


Fabrice De Backer

In L'art du siège néo-assyrien, Fabrice De Backer investigates the people, materials, tools, machines, and tactics employed during the first millenium B.C. by the Neo-Assyrians to take and defend fortified cities. The story of besieged people, along with their customs, treatment by the winners, and consequences of the conquest are also discussed.

Based on the combination of archaeology, iconography, philology and ethnographical comparisons, the analysis of the particular assets of siege-engines or architectural features are developed, along with the best means employed at that time to overcome them. De Backer proposes more than a simple census of all the means known so far, he also develops and enhances our knowledge of siege-warfare in a pragmatic and efficient manner.

Michal Bar-Asher Siegal

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/147783509X12627760049679 Aramaic Studies 7 . 2 ( 2009 ) 131 – 154 Aramaic Studies The Treatment of Poverty and Theodicy in the Syriac Translation of Ben Sira Michal Bar-Asher Siegal * Yale University Abstract This paper is