The Peloponnesian War

The Peloponnesian War

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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 worldrsquo; 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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2004.
ISBN: 9780142004371
0142004375
Branch Call Number: 938.05/KAGAN
Characteristics: xxvii, 511 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm.

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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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