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A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War
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historical works! I have never read a Hanson work without being informed about the way war in all its nefarious aspects has influenced the course of Western civilization from the Greeks to the present day of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In this new seminal work Dr. Hanson provides a modern examination of the Peloponessian war (the first major Civil War in World History) between democratic and empire expanding Athens in Attica and the militaristic oligarchic society of Sparta in
southern Greece. Throughout these pages the author quotes the classical writer Thucydides whose book on the Peloponessian War
fought in the 5th ca. B.C. is told from the perspective of an Athenian general officer. Thucydides was skeptical of human nature and critical of warfare so he is still pertinent today!
Instead of a blow by blow account of the horrific lengthy war the author focuses on the major factors in the conflict with
chapters devoted to such subjects as:
Walls-the importance of siege warfare
Horses-how mounted Syracuse calvary forces destroyed the Athenian invaders on Sicily.
Plague-a brilliant discussion of how plague ravaged Athens during the war.
Ships-the crucial importance of sea power chronicling how landlocked Sparta developed a powerful naval force which defeated the vaunted Athenian navy and won the war.
Land-how crop destruction and fire destroyed the lives of many
bucolic farmers.Read more ›
I suspect however that the great enjoyment of this book does not relate to the parallels between past and present, but rather to the dramatic, tragic story of the Pelopennesian War as analyzed in this work.
Because of his depth of knowledge, enthusiasm for his subject the parallels and implications he draws from the Athens-Sparta war to other wars, are by and large convincing.
It seems to me that if there is one book President Bush should be reading these days. It is this one.
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A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War. New York: Random House. 2006. 416 pages. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Diane Schirf
OUTSTANDING! Extemely well written. Gives such a crystal clear understanding all factors of the war, not to mention Greek citizens' lives and empathies that shaped them. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Micah
Superb, different slant on how to look at and assess this war. If you care about it -- where and how total war began -- and you should, do not miss this. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Andrew M. Klein
This is an excellent and insightful description of how the Peloponnesian war was a major new scale of conflict in the Ancient Greek world. It is very readable and engaging. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Clavius
Sparta, Athens, Persia, their allies, client states and colonies, conspire with and against each other in a twenty-seven year conflagration. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Matthew J. Brennan
Very interesting and informative. Its lessons are quite applicable to contemporary events.Published 16 months ago by Edward Hale