The Archidamian War

The Archidamian War

Paperback New History of the Peloponnesian War

By (author) Donald M. Kagan

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  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 33mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 3 August 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Ithaca
  • ISBN 10: 0801497140
  • ISBN 13: 9780801497148
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: 1st New edition
  • Illustrations note: 8
  • Sales rank: 279,560

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This book, the second volume in Donald Kagan's tetralogy about the Peloponnesian War, is a provocative and tightly argued history of the first ten years of the war. Taking a chronological approach that allows him to present at each stage the choices that were open to both sides in the conflict, Kagan focuses on political, economic, diplomatic, and military developments. He evaluates the strategies used by both sides and reconsiders the roles played by several key individuals.

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"The temptation to acclaim Kagan's four volumes as the foremost work of history produced in North America in the twentieth century is vivid. . . . Here is an achievement that not only honors the criteria of dispassion and of unstinting scruple which mark the best of modern historicism but honors its readers. To read Kagan's 'History of the Peloponnesian War' at the present hour is to be almost unbearably tested." George Steiner, The New Yorker (reviewing the four-volume series)"

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This book, the second volume in Donald Kagan's tetralogy about the Peloponnesian War, is a provocative and tightly argued history of the first ten years of the war and is the first full-scale account of the Archidamian War to be written since the early years of this century.