The Peloponnesian War: Athens and Sparta in Savage Conflict, 431-404 BC

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Harper Perennial, 2005 - Greece - 511 pages
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Donald Kagan offers a readible history of the Peloponnesian War, the culmination of the struggle between Athens and Sparta for hegemony in Greece. It was a conflict marked by increasing brutality as the protagonists committed themselves to what became a battle for survival.

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The Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan 4 Stars Most countries and its citizens make two mistakes when contemplating war. Those are assumptions are 1) the war will unfold precisely in the way the ... Read full review

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I should have read The Peloponnesian War before I read Xenophon's Anabasis. Xenophon's work takes place shortly after the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC) and that event sets the context of the ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

Donald Kagan is Sterling Professor of History and Classics at Yale University. and is an internationally recognised authority on ancient Greek history and culture, as well as a scholar of diplomatic history. He is the author of a four-volume history of the Peloponnesian War that is considered the landmark academic work in the field as well as the highly acclaimed Pericles of Athens and the Birth of Democracy and On the Origins of War and the Preservation of Peace. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, The Public Interest and the New York Times Book Review.

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