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The Peloponnesian War (original 2003; edition 2003)

by Donald Kagan

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The Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan (2003)

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Extremely helpful overview of the people, places, politics, and dilemmas involved in the Peloponnesian War. Really opens up Thucydides' account. ( )
  KatrinkaV | Oct 30, 2013 |
a well-written account of the peloponnesian war, this book provides you with everything you want to know this period in history. It is fast-paced and never dull. It also has excellent maps that will allow you to see the grand scale of this conflict. My only comment is that all maps should have been put in one place, like at the start, so i wont be flipping around the book looking for a particular map. ( )
  zen_923 | Apr 30, 2013 |
Donald Kagan, one of the foremost scholars of Ancient Greek history, wrote a concise but thorough history of the Peloponnesian War for a general audience based off his four-volume academic masterpiece on the same subject. From the start Kagan brings the reader to the time period of the war with enough background information that someone not familiar at all with Ancient Greece will understand the circumstances of the beginning of the war from each side's viewpoint. Throughout the work, Kagan brings in a modern military and political view to help examine decisions of either side that the ancient sources' explain as social virtue or vice. This supplement to the ancient sources helps give a fuller view of the decisions of the Athenians, Spartans, and their respective allies. If you want to learn about Ancient Greek history beyond Marathon or Thermopylae, I fully recommend this book. ( )
  mattries37315 | Aug 9, 2012 |
Incredible amount of detail about this ancient conflict, yet Kagan maintained my interest throughout. The contrast between a democracy(Athens) fighting a war and an oligarchy(Sparta) has interesting messages even for today, though in many ways this conflict seemed more like gang wars over territory in a city than the epic struggle portrayed here. ( )
1 vote hmessing | Mar 22, 2012 |
An excellent introduction to Greek war history. It may explain why Homer was so popular, and remains so. Those reading the book original could envision the geography and the idea of continous war. That the Greeks, Spartans, and Persians changed sides so often was amazing to me. Compaing this with 20th century war history look at the Russians ability to link to the Germans and then just as quickly the Americans.

I agree with what the Librarything reviewers have written. I found the generous number of maps especially valuable. I marked mine up as I went along. ( )
1 vote carterchristian1 | Feb 1, 2012 |
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(Introduction): For almost three decades at the end of the fifth century B. C. the Athenian Empire fought the Spartan Alliance in a terrible war that changed the Greek world and its civilization forever.
The Great Peloponnesian War, undertaken, it was claimed, to bring freedom to the Greeks, began not with a formal declaration of war and a proud and open assault upon the homeland of imperial Athens, but with a stealthy and deceitful raid in peacetime by a powerful state against its much smaller neighbor.
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For three decades in the fifth century b.c. the ancient world was torn apart bya conflict that was as dramatic, divisive, and destructive as the world wars of the twentieth century: the Peloponnesian War. Donald Kagan, one of the world’s most respected classical, political, and military historians, here presents a new account of this vicious war of Greek against Greek, Athenian against Spartan. The Peloponnesian War is a magisterial work of history written for general readers, offering a fresh examination of a pivotal moment in Western civilization. With a lively, readable narrative that conveys a richly
detailed portrait of a vanished world while honoring its timeless relevance, The Peloponnesian War is a chronicle of the rise and fall of a great empire and of a dark time whose lessons still resonate today.

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For three decades in the fifth century b.c. the ancient world was torn apart bya conflict that was as dramatic, divisive, and destructive as the world wars of the twentieth century: The Peloponnesian War. Donald Kagan, one of the world's most respected classical, political, and military historians, here presents a new account of this vicious war of Greek against Greek, Athenian against Spartan. The Peloponnesian War is a magisterial work of history written for general readers, offering a fresh examination of a pivotal moment in Western civilization. With a lively, readable narrative that conveys a richly detailed portrait of a vanished world while honoring its timeless relevance. The Peloponnesian War is a chronicle of the rise and fall of a great empire and of a dark time whose lessons still resonate today. One of the world's foremost historians presents a fresh look at the greatest war of ancient Greece and a pivotal moment in Western civilization that still resonates today.… (more)

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