The World of the Siege

Representations of Early Modern Positional Warfare


Volume Editors: 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.

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Anke Fischer-Kattner, Dr. phil. (2011), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, is teaching History at Bundeswehr University in Munich. Her work focuses on practices and representations of cultural contacts, whether peaceful or violent. Her publications include Spuren der Begegnung: Europäische Reiseberichte über Afrika 1760–1860 (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015).

Jamel Ostwald, Ph.D. (2002), Ohio State University, is Professor of History at Eastern Connecticut State University. He has published on early modern European military history, including Vauban under Siege: Engineering Efficiency and Martial Vigor in the War of the Spanish Succession (Brill, 2007).

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 1 Introduction

Anke Fischer-Kattner

Part 1: Participants and Audiences

 2 The World of the Siege in New Perspective: the Populace during the Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648)
Sigrun Haude
 3 Colchester’s Plight in European Perspective: Printed Representations of Seventeenth-Century Siege Warfare
Anke Fischer-Kattner
 4 More Honored in the Breach? Representations of Honor in Louisquatorzian Sieges
Jamel Ostwald

Part 2: Imperial Boundaries

 5 Straddling Empires: Revolt and Religion in Early Modern Dalmatia
Eric Dursteler
 6 The 1689 Siege of Bombay in Global Historical Perspective
Philip J. Stern
 7 Narratives of Akbar’s Sieges and the Construction of Mughal Universal Sovereignty
Pratyay Nath
 8 Siege Warfare in Verse and Prose: the Ottoman Conquest of Kamianets-Podilsky (Kamaniçe), 1672
Kahraman Şakul

Part 3: Definitions

 9 Siegecraft in Ming and Qing China
Tonio Andrade
 10  “The Enterprises and Surprises That They Would Like to Perform”: Fear, Urban Identities, and Siege Culture during the French Wars of Religion
Brian Sandberg
 11 Summary: Under Siege? Defining Siege Warfare in World History
Peter H. Wilson

All interested in early modern Europe, the comparative history of Europe and the world, military history, the history of siege warfare, military-civilian interactions, and military culture.