Thucydides: The Reinvention of History

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Viking, 2009 - History - 257 pages
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A reconsideration of the first modern historian and his methods from a renowned scholar

The grandeur and power of Thucydides' The Peloponnesian War have enthralled readers, historians, and statesmen alike for two and a half millennia, and the work and its author have had an enduring influence on those who think about international relations and war, especially in our own time. In Thucydides, Donald Kagan, one of our foremost classics scholars, illuminates the great historian and his work both by examining him in the context of his time and by considering him as a revisionist historian.

Thucydides took a spectacular leap into modernity by refusing to seek explanations for human behavior in the will of the gods, or even in the will of individuals, looking instead at the behavior of men in society. In this context, Kagan explains how The Peloponnesian War differs significantly from other accounts offered by Thucydides' contemporaries and stands as the first modern work of political history, dramatically influencing the manner in which history has been conceptualized ever since.

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User Review  - bezoar44 - LibraryThing

Donald Kagan has spent a successful career teaching about ancient Greece and writing a multi-volume history of the Peloponnesian War. In this slimmer volume (234 pages of text), he engages in a close ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sarah Coughlon - Goodreads

Donal Kagan is a political bad guy. He struck me as a really cool and adorable person when I met him, though, so that sort of makes up for the neocon thing. Anyway, this book is about neither defense ... Read full review


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Donald Kagan, Sterling Professor of Classics and History at Yale University, is an authority on ancient Greek history and culture and a scholar of diplomatic history. He is the author of many books on ancient and military history and the coeditor of two bestselling textbooks on world history and Western civilization.

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