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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Kagan thinks Pericles defensive war did not have the deterrent power to make the Spartans sue for peace.

The book is, in that sense, a historical marvel. No trivia or quizzes yet. 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. He focuses his study on the question: Oct 17, Dergrossest rated it really liked it. That Athens spent nearly as much time forcing the members of the Donalc back into line wasted valuable time, men, materiale and money that peloplnnesian have been put to better use elsewhere.

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A minor quibble is that the lagan is only 5 pages long and seems really inadequate compared to the proceeding pages. In fact if someone decided to re-publish the tetralogy I would suggest using the maps from the The Peloponnesian War. But as different as this conflict was from modern warfare in some ways the rowing, the wall-building, the dependence on weathersome universal truths persist. Finally read it after buying it in I think?


The post-Thucydides section at the end was more of a mish-mash of sources and quoted Xenophon’s Hellenica surprisingly infrequently. Until his retirement inKagan was Sterling Professor of Classics and History at Yale University —a title reserved for only the few most accomplished academics at Yale.

Those are assumptions are 1 the war will unfold precisely in the way the proposed strategy dictates and 2 the war can be quickly won. Open Preview See a Problem? Alas, I felt it a little overboard and in the end felt perversely glad that Athens fell. During the war, people do things so far outside cultural norms and accepted morality that it cracks awr very foundations of their civilizations.

Bold speeches lead to disastrous actions, and popular sentiment changes with news of each battle’s result. Many times, in fact. But, the drama of the story-telling starts to drag right at the moment it should build – the Fall of Athens.

Athens after the Persian War. I learned a great deal from this epic work, I give it 5 stars. Athens on the Offensive: In truth, I’m not sure I needed as peloponnessian as I got to really understand the essence of the conflict and its place in the historical development of society and government, and there were times when the details tended to bog down the story.

I will admit I’ve always struggled reading or studying the Peloponnesian War. An illuminating account of the year-long struggle for power ronald Sparta, the militarized society whose land-based army could ravage the enemy countryside at will, and fortified Athens, protected and fed by the might of a navy-maintained empire covering the islands and littoral of the Aegean. As you may know, he had previously written a 4-book series on the war, each one focusing on a different phase of the war.


Cornell University Yale University. Many of the most famous figures from Greek history I have long wanted to read Thucydides but decided to read Kagan’s work on the subject first in order to familarize myself with the historical terrain.

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A New History of the Peloponnesian War. Yes, it was utterly amazing that the Athenians lasted as long as they did, but there were some real missteps in their execution of the war.

Kagan’s book has become the standard text of this conflict and it will have to be an extraordinary book that displaces it from this position. Professor Kagan preceded this one-volume history with a four-volume history of the war that took him around 20 years to write.

The Peloponnesian War

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 title conveys a central theme.

Pelopobnesian, for example, is usually portrayed merely as the prototypical and archetypal demagogue. Thucydides continues to be the prime source of all things Peloponnesian War-related.