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A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Sparta Fought the Peloponnesian War
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A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Sparta Fought the Peloponnesian War (Hardback)

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An intimate and thorough account of one of the most far-reaching conflicts of the Ancient World One of the most horrific civil wars in early recorded history, the Peloponnesian War was a conflict between the two superpowers of the Hellenic world, oligarchic Sparta and democratic Athens, and embraced terrorism, revolution, assassination, and genocide, unfolding among a baffling array of shifting allies and bloody enemies. It was a brutal and long struggle, lasting 27 years, almost a third of the fabled fifth century of classical Greece - many born in the first years of the war were dead before the fighting was over. The war ended with the defeat and destruction of Athens, and a blow for democracy in the Ancient world. A War Like no Other is at once a compelling narrative and an accurate historical document. Socrates, Thucydides, Alcibiades and Pericles - many of the great personalities of the ancient Greek world populate these pages. Historian Victor Davis Hanson, narrates from the battlefields, palaces, peasant homesteads, and besieged city states, to bring to life this momentous conflict, which not only altered the ancient world but cast a long shadow even until today.

Through lively narration and first-rate scholarship, A War Like No Other finds striking parallels in contemporary struggles in which conflicting ideologies are pitched against each other. The contention at the heart of the book is that people, not politics, are the real stuff of history. An absorbing contemporary history of an ancient conflict with peculiar resonance to our times Compare to Rubicon, Tom Holland (Little, Brown), and The Peloponnesian War, Donald Kagan (HarperCollins) An Autumn lead title for Random House US

History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalAncient history: to c 500 CEHistory & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500History & PoliticsMilitary HistoryHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean history Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd Publication Date: 17/11/2005 ISBN-13: 9780413775252  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Victor Davis Hanson is the author of The Western Way of War and The Wars of the Ancient Greeks. He has written military histories of the American Civil War and World War II, The Soul of Battle and Ripples of Battle, as well as two best-selling collections of essays: An Autumn of War and Between War and Peace. He is a professor of Classics emeritus at the California State University and lives and works with his wife and three children in California.

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