A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War


considered one of our so much provocative army historians, Victor Davis Hanson has given us painstakingly researched and pathbreaking bills of wars starting from classical antiquity to the twenty-first century. Now he juxtaposes an historical clash with our so much pressing sleek matters to create his such a lot engrossing paintings thus far, A conflict Like No Other.

Over the process a iteration, the Hellenic city-states of Athens and Sparta fought a bloody clash that ended in the cave in of Athens and the top of its golden age. Thucydides wrote the traditional historical past of the Peloponnesian warfare, which has given readers through the a while a vibrant and authoritative narrative. yet Hanson bargains readers whatever new: an entire chronological account that displays the political heritage of the time, the strategic taking into account the opponents, the distress of conflict in multifaceted theaters, and critical perception into how those occasions echo within the present.

Hanson compellingly portrays the methods Athens and Sparta fought on land and sea, in urban and nation-state, and info their employment of the entire scope of traditional and nonconventional strategies, from sieges to distinctive assassinations, torture, and terrorism. He additionally assesses the the most important roles performed through warriors resembling Pericles and Lysander, artists, between them Aristophanes, and thinkers together with Sophocles and Plato.

Hanson’s perceptive research of occasions and personalities increases many thought-provoking questions: have been Athens and Sparta like the USA and Russia, superpowers struggling with to the demise? Is the Peloponnesian conflict echoed within the unending, complicated conflicts of Vietnam, Northern eire, and the present center East? Or used to be it extra like America’s personal Civil warfare, a brutal rift that hire the cloth of an excellent society, or maybe this century’s “red state—blue nation” schism among liberals and conservatives, a cultural conflict that glaringly controls army regulations? Hanson daringly brings the evidence to lifestyles and finds the usually awesome ways that the prior informs the present.

Brilliantly researched, dynamically written, A conflict Like No different is like no different heritage of this crucial war.

From the Hardcover edition.

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