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Civilians Under Siege from Sarajevo to Troy

Editors: Dowdall, Alex, Horne, John (Eds.)

  •  Analsyes siege warfare as a discrete type of military engagement from ancient to modern times
  • Examines the hitherto neglected effects of siege warfare on civilians
  • Deploys a distinctive regressive method in order to avoid teleological interpretations
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This edited volume analyses siege warfare as a discrete type of military engagement, in the face of which civilians are particularly vulnerable. Siege warfare is a form of combat that has usually had devastating effects on civilian populations. From the near-contemporary Siege of Sarajevo to the real and mythical sieges of the ancient Mediterranean, this has been a recurring type of military engagement which, through bombardment, starvation, disease and massacre, places non-combatants at the heart of battle. To date, however, there has been little recognition of the effects of siege warfare on civilians. This edited volume addresses this gap. Using a distinctive regressive method, it begins with the present and works backwards, avoiding teleological interpretations that suggest the targeting of civilians in war is a modern phenomenon. Its contributors interrogate civilians’ roles during sieges, both as victims and active participants; the laws and customs of siege warfare; its place in historical memory, and the ways civilian survivors have dealt with trauma. Its scope and content ensure that the collection is essential reading for all those interested in the place of civilians in war.

Chapter 2 of this book is available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at link.springer.com

About the authors

Alex Dowdall is Lecturer in the Cultural History of Modern War and Simon Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, UK.

John Horne is Emeritus Fellow of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, where he was Professor of Modern European History and a founder of the Centre for War Studies. In 2016-17 he was Leverhulme Visiting Professor of History at Oxford University, UK

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Dowdall, Alex (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • Transmission and Transformation: Memories of the Siege of Sarajevo

    Maček, Ivana

    Pages 15-35

  • ‘This Did not Happen’: Survivors of the Siege of Leningrad (1941–1944) and the ‘Truth About the Blockade’

    Wachter, Alexandra

    Pages 37-60

  • ‘Like Troy, Though About as Much Larger … as the Encyclopaedia Britannica is Larger than the Iliad’: Civilians and Siege Warfare During the First World War

    Dowdall, Alex

    Pages 61-81

  • Siege Warfare in Comparative Early Modern Contexts: Norms, Nuances, Myth and Massacre During the Revolutionary Wars

    Robson, Fergus

    Pages 83-105

Buy this book

eBook $49.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-58532-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $63.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-58531-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Civilians Under Siege from Sarajevo to Troy
Editors
  • Alex Dowdall
  • John Horne
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58532-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58532-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58531-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 238
Number of Illustrations and Tables
11 b/w illustrations
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