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Master of Arts (M.A.)



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George L Baker


Many cities have experienced extended and sometimes catastrophic sieges in their history. Troy was besieged for ten years. Carthage fell to the Romans after three years of resistance. The siege of Paris by Prussia in 1970 and 1877 lasted fire-and-a-half months. The story of the blockade of Berlin, however, and the airlift created to combat this blockade, is perhaps the most curious of all such stories. The eleven-month siege was a determined attempt by Soviet Russia to starve the Berliners into surrender. The defense and the eventual victory over this attempt was provided by the miracle of the Berlin Airlift..



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