Donald Kagan, The Peloponnesian War (New York: Viking, ), pp. It was Alfred North Whitehead who said that all Western philosophy is but a footnote. Donald Kagan. The Peloponnesian War. New York: Penguin Books, xxvii + pp. $ (paper), ISBN Reviewed by Janice J. The first volume of Donald Kagan’s acclaimed four-volume historyof the Peloponnesian War offers a new evaluation of the origins andcauses of the conflict, b.

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Neither really wanted war, fearful of the expense and consequences.

Oct 17, Dergrossest rated it really liked it. May 12, Bookish added it Shelves: Nov 05, Jud Barry rated it really liked it. The fighting in Sicily was a disaster for Athens. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

Review “The kahan account [of the Peloponnesian War] now available. Winnipeg in my undergraduate days. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. It was a treat reading Donald Kagan’s book on the Peloponnesian War. My main problem though? Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Kagann some reviews on Amazon have criticized this work as being “dry” or “too detailed,” I disagree; it was a long and historically consequential war involving various people groups and cultures and is more than just “Athenians” vs.

Mar 14, Alcibiades rated it it was amazing. I don’t think that’s the case, but the Spartans don’t come across especially richly in this account. For three decades in the fifth century b. He formerly taught in the Department of History at Cornell University.


It seems that years of ‘progress’ hasn’t progressed very much because politicians today are just as prone to hubris and self-serving policy as they were in Ancient Greece. Professor Donald Kagan built his reputation as his generation’s foremost scholar of Ancient Greece based upon his four volume history of the Peloponnesian War that was published between In other projects Wikimedia Commons.


He is also the author of many books on ancient and modern topics. But as different as this conflict was from modern warfare in some ways the rowing, the wall-building, the dependence on weathersome universal truths persist.

If one wanted to read just one book on the Peloponnesian War this might be the one. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. That Athens was able to ,agan the war going as long as it did is testimony to the wealth produced by its empire–neither continuous Spartan destruction of its countryside, nor a bout of plague early on, An illuminating account of the year-long struggle for power between Sparta, the militarized society whose land-based army could ravage the enemy countryside at will, and fortified Athens, protected and fed by the might of a navy-maintained empire covering the islands and littoral of the Aegean.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Nonetheless, for me, I suspect I will find deeper details in those pages, kagab look forward to beginning that journey. New Strategies Chapter Eleven: Donald Kagan is a historian in disagreement with the first historian of the Peloponnesian war Thucydides.

They promise that it will be “temporary” in order to save money and prevent the demise of Athens and will eventually restore democracy to a larger group of 5, At times, Kagan comes disturbingly close to rationalizing gross abuses by the Athenian democrats. So, my one complaint is that he is incredibly biased towards the motivation behind the Athenians. This was an interesting and fast-moving account of a major event in classical history that I knew nothing about.


His late wife of sixty-two years, Sar Kaganwas a teacher and historian in her own right, and the author of Vision in the Sky: It is the clearness of Kagan’s vision which sets this book apart. As a writer, Kagan seems to set his sights on clarity over any artistic effect, and we can say with confidence that he achieves his aims. Apr 27, Pages Buy.

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See and discover other items: Finally, the time-worn adage that history is written by the winners appears NOT to be true about the Peloponnesian War. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

It is also long on military chronology and short on culture and revealing political context. The volume’s ultimate worth, however, lies in the perceptive, magisterial judgment Kagan brings to his account of the war that ended the glory that was ancient Greece.

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