The Fall of the Athenian EmpirePaperback New History of the Peloponnesian War
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- Publisher: Cornell University Press
- Format: Paperback | 480 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 30mm | 635g
- Publication date: 23 July 1991
- Publication City/Country: Ithaca
- ISBN 10: 0801499844
- ISBN 13: 9780801499845
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: 1st New edition
- Illustrations note: 13
- Sales rank: 290,686
In the fourth and final volume of his magisterial history of the Peloponnesian War, Donald Kagan examines the period from the destruction of Athens' Sicilian expedition in September of 413 B.C. to the Athenian surrender to Sparta in the spring of 404 B.C. Through his study of this last decade of the war, Kagan evaluates the performance of the Athenian democracy as it faced its most serious challenge. At the same time, Kagan assesses Thucydides' interpretation of the reasons for Athens defeat and the destruction of the Athenian Empire."
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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 is the last volume of a history of the Peloponnesian War.