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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The Peloponnesian War

I knew that it was a war between Athens and Sparta, but I was not even sure who won. Perhaps, most importantly, this is an American book. 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. He is right about those lessons, but then many wars throughout our tumultuous history can teach us, though they seem more lessons we divine after the fact rather than learn from before the next crisis approaches.

Apr 20, Regina Lindsey rated it really liked it Shelves: That 4-volume series is a much more detailed consideration of political motives and military strategy. This door-stopping tome is billed as “a readable narrative in a single volume to be read by the general reader for pleasure,” and that description makes me wonder what his four-volume complete history must have read like.


The plot is quite thick at times. Athens on the Offensive: Apr 27, Pages Buy. This book is a must read as it summarizes Kagan’s work into one good entry level read on the war. Kagan focuses more on the Athenians than the Spartans.

For this purpose, the book is well suited since it both sums up some of the period covered by Thucydides and includes events that occurred after his death before the end of the war. Their victories are accidental and their losses require little explanation. For whatever Athens had cobbled together as the Delian League after the great Persian Wars an “empire” it was not.

And naturally the elites themselves had many a conflict, as egos jockeyed for power. The Foundation of Thurii The Causes of the War The Syracusans press the attack and destroy the Athenian forces and execute Nicias and Demosthenes.

War Aims and Resources Forced into a path of war, once committed, these 2 city states and their allies descend into a war of almost 30 years that engulfs the entire region and is unrivaled in its scope, brutality and longevity. The Athenians negotiate a final peace where they agree to give up their colonies and raze their walls, but maintain their liberty.

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. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?


Absolutely amazing how the author manages to bring to life events that happened 2. A fabulous work and so entirely enjoyable that I was very sad to have finished it. I learned a great deal waf this epic work, I give it 5 stars. Quite the commitment, and this is the condensed version, so hats off to anyone who’s read the four volume edition.

The question of how to have “peace with honor” for both sides in a potential stalemate becomes the issue. Aug 03, Ernest Spoon rated it really liked it. Showing of 89 reviews.

The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War

Please try again later. 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. As such it devolved into brutal internecine violence that had, heretofore, never before witnessed between Hellens. What is a trireme?

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Where exactly, and what were the terms of trade. You don’t have to be a classicist to appreciate this incredible work.