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    Description"The Peloponnesian War, "the epic struggle between Athens and Sparta, occupies a vital part in military history because of the enormous military and political changes it inspired. In this brilliant book, Sir Nigel Bagnall sets out to analyze and clarify the war, describing in compelling detail the events that led up to it. His meticulous attention to historical context offers a refreshing contrast to traditional accounts. The conflict lasted from 431 to 404 B.C., until the confederation led by Sparta finally conquered Athens and her allies. Bagnall dissects the complex relationship between the two states and closely studies their political conduct in the run-up to war, offering a riveting account of the strategy and tactics involved. He also outlines its innovations and lessons, which would have enormous military repercussions for future generations. These include the importance of having clear politico-strategic objectives, the interplay of maritime and land operations, and the problems of achieving cohesion in an alliance in which all the participants see themselves as fellow citizens. "The Peloponnesian War" is an important book that shines new light on an always relevant subject.


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    Title
    The Peloponnesian War
    Subtitle
    Athens, Sparta, and the Struggle for Greece
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nigel Bagnall
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 318
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 31 mm
    Weight: 612 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780312342159
    ISBN 10: 0312342152
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    BIC subject category V2: HBW
    Libri: I-HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T General Subject: 520
    DC22: 938.05
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GREECE
    B&T Approval Code: A14202030
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    B&T Approval Code: A44091000
    DC21: 938.05
    DC22: 938/.05
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
    LC classification: DF229 .B34 2006
    Thema V1.0: NHW, NHD, NHC
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAG
    Publisher
    Thomas Dunne Books
    Imprint name
    Thomas Dunne Books
    Publication date
    25 July 2006
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Sir Nigel Bagnall was born in India in 1927. He joined the British Army in 1945 and served in Palestine, Malaya, Borneo, the Canal Zone, Cyprus, Singapore, and Germany. He ended his distinguished military career as chief of the General Staff in London, and went on to become an honorary fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. He died in 2002.
    Review quote
    "Students and enthusiasts of ancient Greece and military history will welcome this excellent perspective on a watershed event." ---"Publishers Weekly" British Praise for "The Peloponnesian War" "One of the best books on this complicated conflict." ---"Good Book Guide" "Bagnall's analysis . . . [has] powerful contemporary resonances." ---"The Independent" Praise for "The Punic Wars" "A fine work of military history and a lucid guide to the subject." ---"New York"" Sun" "[Bagnall's] expertise finds fruitful application in his examination of the Punic Wars. . . . Ancient-history buffs . . . will be eager for Bagnall's concise and elegant insights." ---"Booklist" "Offers a clear and well-organized military history." ---"Publishers Weekly" "A fine piece of military and political history . . . a clear and convincing account of what happened." ---"Economist" "A serious and well-informed book on the wars between Rome and Carthage. Gives much food for reflection." ---"Spectator" (UK)
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    "The Peloponnesian War, "the epic struggle between Athens and Sparta, occupies a vital part in military history because of the enormous military and political changes it inspired. In this brilliant book, Sir Nigel Bagnall sets out to analyze and clarify the war, describing in compelling detail the events that led up to it. His meticulous attention to historical context offers a refreshing contrast to traditional accounts. The conflict lasted from 431 to 404 B.C., until the confederation led by Sparta finally conquered Athens and her allies. Bagnall dissects the complex relationship between the two states and closely studies their political conduct in the run-up to war, offering a riveting account of the strategy and tactics involved. He also outlines its innovations and lessons, which would have enormous military repercussions for future generations. These include the importance of having clear politico-strategic objectives, the interplay of maritime and land operations, and the problems of achieving cohesion in an alliance in which all the participants see themselves as fellow citizens. "The Peloponnesian War" is an important book that shines new light on an always relevant subject. "Students and enthusiasts of ancient Greece and military history will welcome this excellent perspective on a watershed event." ---"Publishers Weekly""" British Praise for "The Peloponnesian War" "One of the best books on this complicated conflict." ---"Good Book Guide" "Bagnall's analysis . . . [has] powerful contemporary resonances." ---"The Independent" Praise for "The Punic Wars" "A fine work of military history and a lucid guide to the subject." ---"New York"" Sun" "[Bagnall's] expertise finds fruitful application in his examination of the Punic Wars. . . . Ancient-history buffs . . . will be eager for Bagnall's concise and elegant insights." ---"Booklist" "Offers a clear and well-organized military history." ---"Publishers Weekly" "A fine piece of military and political history . . . a clear and convincing account of what happened." ---"Economist" "A serious and well-informed book on the wars between Rome and Carthage. Gives much food for reflection." ---"Spectator" (UK)