The Peloponnesian War

The Peloponnesian War

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For almost three decades at the end of the fifth century B.C., Athens and Sparta fought a war that changed the Greek world and its civilization forever. A conflict unprecedented in its brutality, the Peloponnesian War brought a collapse in the institutions, beliefs, and customs that were the foundations of society. Today, scholars in fields ranging from international relations and political and military history to political philosophy continue to study the war for its timeless relevance to the history of our own time. Now Donald Kagan, classical scholar and historian of international relations, ancient and modern, presents a sweeping new narrative of this epic contest that captures all its drama, action, and tragedy. In describing the rise and fall of a great empire he examines the clash between two disparate societies, the interplay of intelligence and chance in human affairs, the role of great human beings in determining the course of events, and the challenge of leadership and the limits in which it must operate. The result is an engrossing, fresh perspective on a key historical event that will be welcomed by general readers and history buffs alike-and anyone seeking a better understanding of the pivotal events that shaped the world as we know it.
Publisher: New York : Viking Penguin, 2003.
ISBN: 9780670032112
0670032115
Characteristics: xxvii, 511 p. :,maps.

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michelle_mcgrath
Dec 13, 2016

Descriptive and thorough retelling of the play by play events that occurred over 2,000 years ago with expert interpretations by the author. Although it is somewhat sad to read about the destruction of Athens and its democracy there is kind of a happier ending than I would have thought. #Thrasybulus>Thucydides

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BrendanRogers
Dec 11, 2014

Dr. Kagan illustrates that democracy is not an inevitable social evolutionary state. Rather, it is a relative accident of circumstance; something truly special and fragile. It is subject to both outside threats and threats from within. The war with Sparta was a devastating war of superpowers and proxies. There are striking resemblances to the events of the 20th century. This is an extremely well researched and well written book.

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