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The Archidamian War (The Peloponnesian War #2)

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This book, the second volume in Donald Kagan's tetralogy about the Peloponnesian War, is a provocative and tightly argued history of the first ten years of the war. Taking a chronological approach that allows him to present at each stage the choices that were open to both sides in the conflict, Kagan focuses on political, economic, diplomatic, and military developments. He...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 18th 1990 by Cornell University Press (first published January 1st 1974)
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James Murphy
The Archidamian War is the 2d volume in Kagan's massive history of The Peloponnesian War. This volume covers the war's first 10 years to 421 BC. Kagan writes with scholarly analysis and authority. Yet he makes it into a wonderfully engaging story, how Athens and Sparta raged and tore at each other competing for supremacy in the Aegean. In detailing all the political, diplomatic, and military developments of the war's opening decade, Kagan has to necessarily include the actions of the players, po...more
Harpal
Do not read this book unless you are seriously interested in the Peloponnesian War. I was simulating a Spartan committee for model UN one year so I had to read it.

That disclaimer aside, this book is great if you're serious. The treatment of the material is very detailed and usually has first-rate analysis. Kagan is a great scholar. For me, undoubtedly his strength is the degree to which he dissects and explains the thought processes of the Athenians vis-a-vis the Spartans at each step of the wa...more
Ivan Soto
Wonderful scholarship!
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Professor Kagan, who received his PhD from Ohio State University in 1958, has written The Great Dialogue: A History of Greek Political Thought from Homer to Polybius (1965 and 1986); The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War (1969); The Archidamian War (1974); The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition (1981); The Fall of the Athenian Empire (1987); Pericles and the Birth of the Athenian Empire (...more
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