Praise. “The best account [of the Peloponnesian War] now available.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review. “A fresh, clear and fast-moving account for general. The first volume of Donald Kagan’s acclaimed four-volume historyof the Peloponnesian War offers a new evaluation of the origins andcauses of the conflict, b. A New History of the Peloponnesian War is an ebook-onlyomnibus edition that includes all four volumes of Donald Kagan’sacclaimed account of the war between.
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The Papyrus Decree F. Nonetheless, Kagan embarked upon a re-write of his four volumes fo In Donald Kagan published the first volume of what was to become his tetralogy entitled “A New History of the Peloponnesian War.
His friend John Hale of “Lords of the Sea” fame, convinced him to write a single volume history of the Peloponnesian War for non-specialists. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Penguin Books; Reprint edition April 27, Language: This door-stopping tome is billed as “a readable narrative in a single volume to be read by the general reader for pleasure,” and that description makes me wonder what his donals complete history must have read like.
Sparta-strong, legendary and unrivaled land power, oligarchic and always fearful peloponnesuan helotic revolt, leaders of the fractious Peloponnesi Athens-having led the Peloponnesin world in victory against the Persian empire and flush with 50 years of empire building, projecting their power across the region via their superior naval strength, democracy and commerce, as the leader of the Delian league, looks to once and for all neutralize the Spartan threat and establish themselves as the unrivaled Greek masters.
The Years of Peace 8. Kagan takes issue with Thucydides’ view that the war was inevitable, that the rise of the Athenian Empire in a world with an existing rival power made a clash between the two a certainty. This war left the Greek city states devastated, weak, receding rapidly from the high water mark of the classical era and ripe for the oncoming Macedonian takeover.
ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. I don’t feel that my understanding is horribly marred because he is pro Athenian and I don’t donnald the feeling pelopinnesian is trying to sell war bonds for Athens.
Doanld title conveys a central theme. And while Sicily was a disaster it in itself did not spell the end for Athens but Persia entering the war for Sparta did.
Two rather different systems of government, with the Athenians famously having a democratic form. I certainly favor this approach over its opposite Hello, John Man, please go away nowbut I would have appreciated perhaps the merest hint of flair in some passages.
This book was great because it changed my mindset from “How is this us I liked this book. Still, the narrative is solid and the maps are pretty good and in enough quantity. Approximately fifteen years into a tenuous thirty year peace treaty between Athens and Sparta, ,the hegemonic powers of Greece, war erupted.
He is right about those lessons, but then many wars throughout our tumultuous history can teach us, though they seem more lessons we divine after the fact rather than learn from before the next crisis approaches. This page was last edited on 23 Novemberat The Date of the Battle of Potidaea. Curious, I checked it out and got swept up immediately. Mar 25, Justin Tapp rated it it was amazing Shelves: The war ended abruptly, and then Kagan said, “Yeah, it was tough for Athens, but they built themselves back up after 20 years.
The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War
Their leaders are faulted for being overwhelmingly conservative and not taking advantage of moments of Athenian weakness, yet, when a dynamic Spartan leader emerges-like Brasidas or Lysander- he is faulted as being a sinister imperialist. Sparta-strong, legendary and unrivaled land power, oligarchic and always fearful of helotic revolt, leaders of the fractious Peloponnesian league, which included the powerful cities of Corinth, Thebes and Argos, rivals to the Athenian led league.
Published April 27th by Penguin Books first published I also wish this book would come out on Kindle so one could search and highlight it. Athens and the West: An Accounting Chapter Seven: Athens was dependent on wheat from the Black Sea area. I especially like his analysis of the political structure and sentiments of the citizens of Athens, especially the deeper consequences of every act during the war.
His four-volume History of the Peloponnesian War is the leading scholarly work on the subject. I read this hoping to get a more accessible and engaging version of Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War before embarking on that text.
He has produced a very well-written dense, scholarly work that relies on several ancient texts, most notably one written by a participant, Thucydides.
There are 29 excellent maps, spaced appropriately throughout the book, that provide the visual basis for understanding the narrative of the battles, and geopolitical landscape.
Though, as befits a preeminent Classics scholar, he doesn’t just blindly quote the ancient but on occasion doesn’t hesitate to call into peloponnesiaj, via shrewd analysis, a Thucydidan assertion. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Finally, the time-worn adage kagsn history is written by the winners appears NOT to be true about the Peloponnesian War.
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The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War
Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Perhaps that’s inevitable, because eploponnesian of the history is recorded by Athenians and ,agan undoubtedly just the nature of a flourishing democracy at work.
The case has been adumbrated before—but never presented with such thoroughness. The cost of the war was high, with about half of the adult male population of Athens wiped out by either war, plague, or famine. Peloponnwsian rely heavily on its naval advantage while Sparta relies on its superior infantry. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Trivia About The Peloponnesian The Victory of Pericles 9. If there is anything to learn from Donald Kagan’s one-volume condensation of his scholarly four-volume treatment of the Peloponnesian War is, it is harder to end a war than to start it.
Asserting instead that the origin of the war “cannot, without serious distortion, be treated in isolation from the internal history of the states involved,” Kagan traces the connections between domestic politics, constitutional organization, and foreign affairs.