One among our such a lot 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 historical clash with our so much pressing glossy matters to create his such a lot engrossing paintings to this point, A warfare Like No Other.
Over the process a iteration, the Hellenic city-states of Athens and Sparta fought a bloody clash that led to the cave in of Athens and the tip of its golden age. Thucydides wrote the traditional background of the Peloponnesian conflict, which has given readers through the a while a vibrant and authoritative narrative. yet Hanson bargains readers whatever new: a whole chronological account that displays the political historical past of the time, the strategic taking into consideration the warring parties, 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 geographical region, and information their employment of the total scope of traditional and nonconventional strategies, from sieges to certain assassinations, torture, and terrorism. He additionally assesses the the most important roles performed by means of warriors similar 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 scuffling with to the demise? Is the Peloponnesian struggle echoed within the unending, problematical conflicts of Vietnam, Northern eire, and the present heart East? Or used to be it extra like America’s personal Civil conflict, a brutal rift that hire the cloth of a wonderful society, or perhaps this century’s “red state—blue kingdom” schism among liberals and conservatives, a cultural warfare that glaringly controls army regulations? Hanson daringly brings the evidence to lifestyles and reveals the customarily dazzling ways that the earlier informs the present.
Brilliantly researched, dynamically written, A battle Like No different is like no different background of this crucial war.
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Name. DF229. H36 2005 938′. 05—dc22 2004062892 www. atrandom. com v3. 1 CONTENTS disguise identify web page Copyright record of Maps Prologue bankruptcy 1. worry Why Sparta Fought Athens (480–431) bankruptcy 2. hearth The struggle opposed to the Land (431–425) bankruptcy three. ailment The Ravages of the Plague at Athens (430–426) bankruptcy four. TERROR struggle within the Shadows (431–421) bankruptcy five. ARMOR Hoplite Pitched Battles (424–418) bankruptcy 6. partitions Sieges (431–415) bankruptcy 7. HORSES The catastrophe at Sicily (415–413) bankruptcy eight. SHIPS The warfare at Sea (431–404) bankruptcy nine. CLIMAX Trireme scuffling with within the Aegean (411–405) bankruptcy 10. spoil? Winners and Losers (404–403) Appendix I: word list of phrases and locations Appendix II: Key humans Notes Works stated commitment different Books by means of This writer concerning the writer record OF MAPS The Spartan and Athenian Empires The Peloponnesian League and different Spartan Allies The Spartan and Athenian Empires The Athenian topic States and Allies Invading Attica Athens and Environs The Coast of the Peloponnese Battles and Sieges of the Peloponnesian warfare The Athenians assault Syracuse, 414 ultimate army Operations, wintry weather of 415–414 Naval Battles within the Aegean PROLOGUE In April 404 B. C. the Spartan admiral Lysander ultimately led his huge armada of ships, filled with a few 30,000 jubilant seamen, into the hated port of Athens on the Piraeus to complete the Peloponnesian warfare. After the destruction of its imperial fleet on the conflict of Aegospotami (“Goat Rivers”) within the waters off Asia Minor the previous September, the as soon as ultimate urban of Athens was once now completely defenseless. Worse nonetheless used to be to come back. It was once quickly surrounded, broke, jammed with refugees, ravenous, and close to revolution. Such an finish might have appeared completely unattainable simply 3 many years previous whilst a defiant Pericles promised his democracy victory. yet then neither had 80,000 Athenians fallen to plague nor 500 ships been sunk at Sicily and at the Aegean. Spartan kings, Agis and Pausanias, had encamped outdoors the partitions of the town accountable for millions of tricky soldiers of the Peloponnese, the big peninsula south of the Isthmus at Corinth that makes up the southern a part of Greece. the folks of Athens have been nonetheless for a time secure at the back of sizeable partitions, yet tens of millions of refugees inside of have been bring to a halt from either homegrown and imported food—and expecting the tip. long past was once the outdated lifeline of imperial tribute via land and sea. to finish this starting to be common famine, Athens ultimately gave up, agreeing to dismantle so much of what little used to be left of its as soon as popular fleet, famed fortifications, and vaunted democracy. millions of voters have been therefore completely on the mercy of Spartan clemency; probably 100,000 citizens congregated within the streets, terrified that they may endure an analogous destiny that they had as soon as meted out to such a lot of different Greeks through the Aegean. The conquering Lysander wasted little time in conducting the phrases of the capitulation, such a lot poignantly destroying many of the lengthy Walls—two fortified traces extending over 4 miles from Athens to its port on the Piraeus, and symbolizing Athenian democracy’s dedication to seapower and a maritime empire: “The Peloponnesians with nice zeal pulled down the lengthy partitions to the tune of flute-girls, pondering that this present day used to be the start of freedom for the Greeks.