By Victor Davis Hanson
One in every of our so much provocative army historians, Victor Davis Hanson has given us painstakingly researched and pathbreaking debts of wars starting from classical antiquity to the twenty-first century. Now he juxtaposes an old clash with our so much pressing sleek matters to create his so much engrossing paintings to this point, A conflict Like No Other.
Over the process a new release, 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 normal background of the Peloponnesian warfare, which has given readers in the course of the a long time a vibrant and authoritative narrative. yet Hanson deals readers anything new: a whole chronological account that displays the political historical past of the time, the strategic considering the opponents, the distress of conflict in multifaceted theaters, and significant 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 information their employment of the total scope of traditional and nonconventional strategies, from sieges to distinct assassinations, torture, and terrorism. He additionally assesses the the most important roles performed by means of warriors equivalent to 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 combating to the dying? Is the Peloponnesian conflict echoed within the never-ending, complex conflicts of Vietnam, Northern eire, and the present center East? Or used to be it extra like America's personal Civil battle, a brutal rift that hire the material of a wonderful society, or maybe this century's "red state--blue state" schism among liberals and conservatives, a cultural warfare that obviously controls army guidelines? Hanson daringly brings the evidence to lifestyles and reveals the customarily brilliant ways that the previous informs the present.
Brilliantly researched, dynamically written, A warfare Like No Other is like no different historical past of this crucial conflict.
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A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War by Victor Davis Hanson