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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And while Sicily was a disaster it in itself did not spell the end for Athens but Persia ente Donald Kagan is a historian in disagreement with the first historian of the Peloponnesian war Thucydides. Then again, I’m less interested in wars and battles than in the individuals, philosophy and politics of this time period, so perhaps if you’re already interested in the Peloponnesian War, this is the book for you.
This book was great because it changed my mindset from “How is this us I liked this book. Most impressively, somehow Donald Kagan makes these complex events of almost two and a half millennium ago understandable to the modern reader, by identifying five or ten key causative factors to significant events, and then providing balanced, reasonable judgments.
One is struck by the parallels between this war and 20th century wars. Cleon, for example, is usually portrayed merely as the prototypical and archetypal demagogue. Lysander kills all his prisoners, which hardens Athenians’ resolve to hold out under siege. For example, he is pro-democracy to the point of forgiving the assembly vo This book is rightly considered an historical masterpiece, but a few flaws kept me from thoroughly enjoying it. The Spartan Alliance 2. The National Endowment for the Humanities NEH awarded Donald Kagan the National Humanities Medal inand selected him to deliver the Jefferson Lecturewhich the NEH calls “the highest honor the federal government confers for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.
Quite the commitment, and this is the condensed version, so hats off to anyone who’s read the four volume edition.
Mar 25, Justin Tapp rated it it was amazing Shelves: Kagan focuses more on the Athenians dar the Spartans. From reading his other works, I understand his love of modern democracy, however it is quite anachronistic to apply our modern notions of democracy to ancient Athens.
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The Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
Xenophon’s work takes place shortly after the Peloponnesian War B. Conversations pelkponnesian Bill Kristol. A lot could be learned from this book, among them a full picture of the 5th century political and military struggles among the ancient Greeks, which is highly valuable because there is so few accounts left or ever existed for other ancient civilizations, and kaban author weren’t shy from giving speculations and interpretations, made the book highly readable, informative and insightful.
The last chapters of the book are anti-climactic in my opinion. Like any scholar worth his salt, Kagan is This book is wonderful because it takes Thucydides classic text–itself a wonder–and fills in the gaps, or corrects the ancient text where necessary. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Main content page count Kagan does a great job describing the background to the war, the key players and all the related issues.
An illuminating account of the year-long struggle for power between 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. My real trouble with it was the end.
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Nov 05, Jason rated it liked it. Kagan’s accounts of sea battles are particularly detailed and effective. Kagan takes pains to make the Spartans into incompetent villians.
While chronicle donalr has declined within the profession its appeal to the amateur is still very, very strong. I am going to give Kagan the best compliments I can 1 After reading this book I want to read more about the ancient world.
Athens and Sparta both experienced revolts in their empires. His treatment of the oligarchic revolution, overturning democracy for a time, is concise yet thorough. His style is generally entertaining, with a very British style of dry humor that tend to make history books much more readable to a wide audience. No, I am not a history professional. I especially peloponnnesian his analysis of the political structure and sentiments of the citizens of Athens, especially t A lot could be learned from this book, among them a full picture of the 5th century political and military struggles among the ancient Greeks, which is highly valuable because there is so few accounts left or ever existed for other ancient civilizations, and this author weren’t shy from giving speculations and interpretations, made the book highly readable, informative and insightful.
This was an interesting and fast-moving account of a major event in classical history that I knew nothing about. Thucydides is cited throughout in a manner reminiscent of the notation used to cite Biblical chapter and verse. Buy the selected items together This item: Read reviews that mention peloponnesian war donald kagan athens and sparta history of the peloponnesian greek history alexander the great professor kagan city states years ago professor kagan background information human nature ancient greece persian empire work on the subject classical greece civil war kagan book cold war general reader.
Once a liberal Democrat, Kagan changed his views in 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.
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. I have read other criticisms about this book and I don’t get them. Books by Donald Kagan. The War in Greece 6.
The Disaster in Sicily Chapter Twenty: I especially like his analysis of the political structure and sentiments of the citizens of Athens, especially the deeper consequences of every act during the war. Alcibiades was one slippery character. I knew that it was a war between Athens and Sparta, but I was not even sure who won.