The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War

The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War The first volume of Donald Kagan s acclaimed four volume history of the Peloponnesian War offers a new evaluation of the origins and causes of the conflict based on evidence produced by modern schola

  • Title: The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War
  • Author: Donald Kagan
  • ISBN: 9780801495564
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Paperback
  • The first volume of Donald Kagan s acclaimed four volume history of the Peloponnesian War offers a new evaluation of the origins and causes of the conflict, based on evidence produced by modern scholarship and on a careful reconsideration of the ancient texts He focuses his study on the question Was the war inevitable, or could it have been avoided Kagan takes issue withThe first volume of Donald Kagan s acclaimed four volume history of the Peloponnesian War offers a new evaluation of the origins and causes of the conflict, based on evidence produced by modern scholarship and on a careful reconsideration of the ancient texts He focuses his study on the question Was the war inevitable, or could it have been avoided 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 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 He further examines the evidence to see what decisions were made that led to war, at each point asking whether a different decision would have been possible.
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    • Kevin says:

      I friggin loved this quartet of books. Took about a year to read all four. I actually was quite annoyed that two of his sources were written ONLY in German -- I mean literally, there are NO translations. I contacted Prof. Kagan and he told me "It took me 30 years to write the books. I'm sure you can learn German in less time." Hilarious.

    • James Murphy says:

      I'm revisiting Donald Kagan's 4-volume history of the Peloponnesian War this year. In my experience this is the best modern history of the war and one which I consider wise in its understanding and analysis of the various currents driving the war and of ways in which study of it can be used today. His insight into the past and how it always abuts the present is full-bodied. A primary source for the war is, of course, Thucydides, who stated one of his reasons for writing his history was to show h [...]

    • Marks54 says:

      This is the first volume of Kagan's four volume history of the Peloponnesian War. In this series, Kagan paints the most complete picture possible of the long war by starting with Thucydides and Herodotus and others and then expanding on the basis of any other available sources. This fills in lots of detail for those who want more context to the story as told by Thucydides. This is really helpful for this long war, which was a veritable world war in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean for nearly [...]

    • Birju says:

      hard to follow at some times, but a very concise account of the reason of the war, looking at not only the War of 431, but also the first Peloponnesian war

    • Matt Kangas says:

      Fascinating, but challenging if you have little knowledge of ancient Greece

    • Ivan Soto says:

      Great scholarship!

    • Bryan Batson says:

      Good read. Excellent assessment of Thucydides' argument about the inevitability of the Peloponnesian War. Great assessment of the manner in which states wield power.

    • Paul says:

      Not always the lightest of reads but a thorough exploration of the Peloponnesian War that wreaked havoc on the Greek world of the time.9/10

    • Κάλι Γαβριά says:

      It's not very detailed as I expected and the book lacks in many significant points!

    • Jason says:

      A good read to uncover the seeds of conflict that can be, and usually, are lost to contemporaries and historians alike

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