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    The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War (New History of the Peloponnesian War) (Paperback) By (author) Donald Kagan

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    DescriptionThe first volume of Donald Kagan's acclaimed four-volume history of the Peloponnesian War offers a new evaluation of the origins and causes of the conflict, based on evidence produced by modern scholarship and on a careful reconsideration of the ancient texts. He focuses his study on the question: Was the war inevitable, or could it have been avoided?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. Asserting instead that the origin of the war "cannot, without serious distortion, be treated in isolation from the internal history of the states involved," Kagan traces the connections between domestic politics, constitutional organization, and foreign affairs. He further examines the evidence to see what decisions were made that led to war, at each point asking whether a different decision would have been possible.


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    Title
    The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Donald Kagan
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 440
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 685 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780801495564
    ISBN 10: 0801495563
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: JW
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27400
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    DC22: 938.05
    B&T Approval Code: A14202030
    DC22: 938
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    LC classification: DF
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG
    DC20: 938.05
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: JW, NHD, NHC
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    1st New edition
    Publisher
    Cornell University Press
    Imprint name
    Cornell University Press
    Publication date
    31 August 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Ithaca
    Review quote
    "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)"