The Peloponnesian War

The Peloponnesian War : Athens, Sparta, and the Struggle for Greece

By (author) Nigel Bagnall

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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.

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  • Hardback | 318 pages
  • 152.4 x 233.7 x 30.5mm | 612.36g
  • 25 Jul 2006
  • Thomas Dunne Books
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • 0312342152
  • 9780312342159
  • 871,631

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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.

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"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)

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