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A New historical past of the Peloponnesian War is an ebook-only omnibus version that incorporates all 4 volumes of Donald Kagan's acclaimed account of the warfare among Athens and Sparta (431–404 B.C.): The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian conflict, The Archidamian struggle, The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian excursion, and the autumn of the Athenian Empire.

Reviewing the four-volume set within the New Yorker, George Steiner wrote, "The temptation to acclaim Kagan's 4 volumes because the optimum paintings of historical past produced in North the US within the 20th century is bright. . . . this is an fulfillment that not just honors the factors of dispassion and of unstinting scruple which mark the easiest of recent historicism yet honors its readers."

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A New History of the Peloponnesian War

A brand new historical past of the Peloponnesian battle is an ebook-only omnibus version that incorporates all 4 volumes of Donald Kagan's acclaimed account of the battle among Athens and Sparta (431–404 B. C. ): The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian conflict, The Archidamian warfare, The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian day trip, and the autumn of the Athenian Empire.

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An ally whose policy differed from that of Sparta could use Sparta's internal divisions to further its own ends. The paradox that the most stable of constitutions could produce a very unstable foreign policy added to the inherent difficulties of the Spartan alliance. Sparta's mighty army and her allies gave her enormous power, but if she used that power outside the Peloponnese, she ran the risk of losing its base by helot rebellion or Argive attack; if she did not use it when called , upon by her more powerful allies, she ran the risk of losing them by defection.

12. 6) says it met at the Hellenion in Sparta. , 148, n. 2), there is no reason to do so. THE OUTBREAK OF THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR sive alliance, with Sparta at its head, made up of states bound together by a common danger and by solemn oaths. This was the organization that met again at the Isthmus of Corinth in the spring of 480 to plan the strategy that led to victory at Salamis and later to the decisive victories at Plataea and Mycale. Although Sparta was the leader, and most of the members of the Spartan alliance were also members of the new confederation, this was not merely an extension of the Peloponnesian League.

In the fourth century Sparta was so powerful that she did not need to consult her nearer and weaker allies, while she often found herself at war against former allies who were stronger and more remote, Corinth and Thebes. As a result, we rarely hear of assemblies of the league. As an Athenian spokesman complained to the Spartans in 371, "You declare enemies for yourselves without consulting your allies whom you lead against them. " 39 Even in this period of their greatest strength and arrogance, however, the Spartans called meetings of the league assembly when it was convenient.

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