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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We are three plus years A single volume history by the author of a multi-volume account of this epic conflict, The Peloponnesian War reads a little like a cliff notes version. It was a treat reading Peeloponnesian Kagan’s book on the Peloponnesian War.

I would catch myself coming up with arguments about what should or should not be done as if it were some set of current events.

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For this, and the lack on notes, I couldn’t give it five stars. Aug 03, Ernest Spoon rated it really liked it. This was an peloponhesian and fast-moving account of a major kwgan in classical history that I knew nothing about. Perhaps the history of Sparta is much less recorded, but in the end the Spartans were made to look like a menace around Athens, or more aptly a bunch of goons who could do nothing right, except getting lucky at times, and renegading on their oaths all the time.

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Cleon Versus Diodotus Chapter Ten: Kagan attempts to take us into the mind of a nation in the sense of people with a shared culture and identity torn by strategic forces of power and empire. Apr 09, Daniel rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Apr 27, Pages Buy.


Perhaps that’s inevitable, because most of the history is recorded by Athenians and that’s undoubtedly just the nature of a flourishing democracy at work. 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. See all 89 reviews. Want to Read saving…. Two rather different systems of government, with the Athenians famously having a democratic form.

The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War

In addition, Kagan refers to the writings of Plutarch, Xenophon, Diodorus, Socrates, Aristophanes, and others, especially for the last seven years of the war, a period Thucydides does not cover. The Origins of the Athenian Empire 3. The Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan. 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.

A low tolerance because wra the information is not useful why am I reading it? Nov 05, Jason rated it liked it.

Donald Kagan is a gifted writer with the narrative gift to bring alive a 2, year old war. One is sorely peloponnnesian to describe his style as laconic, but that would be a bad joke and so one refrains.

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By the end of the war, many of its cultural institutions were badly undermined and it was no longer an empire. Kagan struggled with what to exclude from this scaled-down version of his longer work on the Peloponnesian War, I sometimes felt that he was rushing through certain sections, as if he were tired of expounding on the details of certain battles or the principals who took part in them.

The Consolidation of the Empire Write a customer review. Due to the original detail this account is also very detailed — often describing what were no more than 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 more summaries.


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Return to Book Page. You will come away understanding how Athens and Sparta and other city-states arrived at war. The fighting in Sicily was a disaster for Athens. This book also made me interested in reading more Greek history; I suppose accounts of the Persian Wars which preceded the Peloponnesian or Macedonian Wars would be the logical next steps.

Kagan’s accounts of sea battles are particularly detailed and effective.

The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War

Wwar 27, Pages. Get to Know Us. 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.

Good tactics and luck swing the war into Athens’ favor, but they overreach at a point where they could have achieved very favorable terms with Sparta and expanded their empire. Conversations with Bill Kristol. But since I’m no historian, Prof Kagan might actually be accurately describing the facts. A peloopnnesian, well-researched history of the Peloponnesian war, as the unimaginative and rather boring title suggests.