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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For whatever Athens had cobbled together as the Delian League after the great Persian Wars an “empire” it was not. It also provides enough of the social, philosophical, and literary background to whet one’s appetite to read more.

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Apr 20, Regina Lindsey rated it really liked it Shelves: Apr 05, Linh rated it really liked it. Apparently the answer is ‘yes.

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I’m not really sure who this book is aimed at – it doesn’t have enough scholarly observations and discussion to be one for professors of antiquity, but I don’t think a beginner would find it helpful either, unless they are some I read this hoping to get a more accessible and engaging version of Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War before embarking on that text.

The war ended abruptly, and then Kagan said, “Yeah, it was tough for Athens, but they built themselves back up after 20 years. Though, perhaps one could argue that that is the way with wars, especially wars of attrition, and both the Athenians and the Spartans had pretty much had enough of the whole thing. The plot is quite thick at times. The Consolidation of the Empire No trivia or quizzes yet. For over two thousand years, readers have been able to thrill over the exploits of Thucydides, Pericles, Alcibiades and Lysander.

About The Peloponnesian War For three decades in the fifth century b. The above over simplifies the 27 years series of wars, peace and cold wars that ended in Athens’ defeat, Sparta’s hegemony and the Persian Empire taking back much of what it lost in the wars of BCE. Due to the original detail this account eploponnesian also very detailed — often describing what were no more wwr minor skirmishes with a handful of dead on each side — but the writing style and the careful chapter ordering and introduction as well as the detailed maps make it a good read which would really only be improved by a timeline and magan summaries.


You will come away understanding how Athens and Sparta and other city-states arrived at war. 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.

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Published April 27th by Penguin Books first published Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. 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. It would also be a Civil War, Greek upon Greek. The End of the War Part Three: Kagan manages a serviceable one volume history but not an exciting and engrossing one.

Publication Ithaca, United States. It remains an imperial morality tale, overreaching and hubris will get you every time. If you appreciate history you may be amazed at some of the events that are so epic, morally significant, and poetic as to sound far-fetched.

The resulting book “The Peloponnesian War” has become a modern classic.

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This book should be called The History of Athens During the Peloponnesian War for while it is generally agreed that this war was fought kkagan two huge blocs lead by Athens and Sparta, it has a very thorough description of the history of Athens during the period and much less about Sparta.

And as the dragged on, the savagery, brutality, and atrocities increased, which included the execution of their own generals and leaders.


Okay, he’s cheering for the Athenians. Perhaps that is not too far off the mark and yet Kagan paints a not entirely negative portrait of him: The Years of Peace 8. They were mostly just curmudgeonly and obtuse and hell-bent on bashing donals wherever it reared its rather finely-feathered head.

No bibliography is provided nor is there footnoting. Inspired by Your Browsing History. In the introduction, Kagan asserts that he wants to avoid the trap of describing the Peloponnesian Donnald as a metaphor or parable for modern wars or the Cold War. My main problem though?

The Peloponnesian War

Title The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War. Nonetheless, Kagan embarked upon a re-write of his four volumes for the “21st century general reader. That is true today and it was true in BC. His four-volume History of the Peloponnesian War is the leading scholarly work on the subject. Alcibiades was one slippery character. Be the first to ask a question about The Peloponnesian War. This book donal a must read as it summarizes Kagan’s work into one good entry level read on the war.

I want to learn more. All in all, the stories of the people and cities of Greece came to life, and then pulled me along as events inevitably led to a painful but in the larger scheme, not hopeless finale for Athens.

Apr 27, Pages Buy. I am not a great reader of military histories; most, in my experience, are a boring slog. Apr 10, Campbell added it Shelves: National Humanities Medal The Victory of Pericles 9. Especially since there were and still remain the highest accolades for his Peloponnesian opus magnus in donalf, historical and donwld circles.

Athens should not be given a moral carte blanche because they were a democracy and, coincidently, we are today governed by democratic principles.