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The Peloponnesian War : Athens, Sparta and the struggle for Greece, Nigel Bagnall

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The Peloponnesian War : Athens, Sparta and the struggle for Greece
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The Peloponnesian War
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Athens, Sparta and the struggle for Greece
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Nigel Bagnall
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eng
Summary
The Peloponnesian War, the epic struggle between Athens and Sparta, occupies a vital part in military history because of the enormous military and political changes it inspired. In this brilliant book, Sir Nigel Bagnall sets out to analyze and clarify the war, describing in compelling detail the events that led up to it. His meticulous attention to historical context offers a refreshing contrast to traditional accounts. The conflict lasted from 431 to 404 B.C., until the confederation led by Sparta finally conquered Athens and her allies. Bagnall dissects the complex relationship between the two states and closely studies their political conduct in the run-up to war, offering a riveting account of the strategy and tactics involved. He also outlines its innovations and lessons, which would have enormous military repercussions for future generations. These include the importance of having clear politico-strategic objectives, the interplay of maritime and land operations, and the problems of achieving cohesion in an alliance in which all the participants see themselves as fellow citizens
Review
  • Bagnall (The Punic Wars , 2005), a former British army chief of the general staff, completed this rigorous study of ancient Greece's 27-year civil war just before his death in 2002. A seminal event in ancient history, the Peloponnesian War pitted the two great Greek rivals, democratic Athens and authoritarian Sparta, in what Bagnall calls "a fearful, self-destructive war." The conflict, precipitated by Athens' lust for Greek hegemony, quickly settled into a stalemate—"an elephant versus a whale"—because neither Sparta, a land power, nor Athens, a naval power, had a clear strategy for victory. Sparta and her allies finally prevailed by severing Athens' supply lines and starving the city-state into submission. In dense prose, Bagnall captures the Greeks' self-destructive madness. Though the action occasionally slows, Bagnall is at his best when painting in-depth portraits of the major players, like Pericles, and when dissecting the endless battles in far-flung theaters from Asia Minor to Sicily. He concludes with a brief survey of the lessons learned and their contemporary relevance. While much of this ground has been covered, students and enthusiasts of ancient Greece and military history will welcome this excellent perspective on a watershed event. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed March 13, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 11, p50)
  • The Peloponnesian War, a pivotal period in history, benefits from the late military historian Sir Nigel Bagnall's analysis of the strategy and tactics used by Greek city-states Sparta and Athens in their 27-year-long conflict (431–04 B.C.E.). Bagnall (The Punic Wars: Rome, Carthage, and the Struggle for the Mediterranean ), who passed away in 2002, had been the British army's chief of the general staff until his retirement. In his final work, he brings a military perspective to the colossal struggle between the two powers, whose opposing strengths, though distinct, made them such a match for each other. He also makes comparisons to familiar 20th-century figures and conflicts that will aid reader understanding. The politics and social background to the conflict are not neglected, however, with such key characters as Pericles of Athens well fleshed out by the author. Bagnall provides a historical survey section with good reference material for readers who may struggle to keep track of which side the city-states in Greece allied themselves with during the war. Well written and researched, with maps of the campaign theaters and a list of principal characters, this work is recommended for larger public and all academic library collections.—Sean Michael Fleming, Lebanon P. L., NH --Sean Michael Fleming (Reviewed June 15, 2006) (Library Journal, vol 131, issue 11, p80)
  • Methodical account of the historic battle between Athens and Sparta that also examines the conflict's origins and its effects on future military regimes. Bagnall's pages strain under a wealth of information as the late British soldier and scholar (1927–2002) strives to detail every facet of the Peloponnesian War. He begins his companion piece to The Punic Wars (1990) by indicating that the book is laid out in much the same way as its predecessor. Various maps delineate the regions affected; a subsequent brief overview sketches the major characters involved. But brevity isn't really this author's forte, so the background material is followed by an assiduously researched chapter ("An Historical Survey") that conveys a welter of information about the various areas. Bagnall carefully builds up to the outbreak of war in 431 b.c. by examining how the Athenian lust for power and supremacy ultimately led to the conflict, then lets loose with his lengthy account of the war in "The Central Theatre." As battles occasionally occur on small yet significant islands, some cross-referencing to the author's earlier accounts of various places and characters may be necessary for the casual reader, although Bagnall always takes the time to examine how figures such as Athenian generals Pericles and Demosthenes fared in the midst of the war. It endured for an incredible 27 years—albeit with a six-year truce known as the Peace of Nicias, which began in 421 b.c.—every one of them recounted here in dry, heavily academic prose. The author doesn't spend much time looking at the far-reaching effects the Spartans' victory had on the globe, instead choosing to retool his epilogue from The Punic Wars to briefly examine how military procedures were irrevocably changed by the war. Likely to appeal only to military history buffs. (Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2006)
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1927-
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Bagnall, Nigel
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938/.05
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DF229
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.B34 2006
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non fiction
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Athens, Sparta and the struggle for Greece
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The Peloponnesian War : Athens, Sparta and the struggle for Greece, Nigel Bagnall
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (page 310) and index
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Contents
The Greeks and their background -- The Persians and their background -- The expeditions of Mardonius and Darius 493-490 BC -- Xerxes invades 480 BC -- The inter-war years 480-431 BC -- The central theatre 431-423 BC -- The overseas theatres 431-423 BC -- An unquiet peace 421-415 BC -- The expedition to Sicily 415 BC -- Gylippus turns the tide 414-413 BC -- Persian intervention and political unrest in Athens 413-411 BC -- The struggle for the Hellespont and the fall of Athens 411-404 BC
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596399
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
xviii, 318 pages
Isbn
9780312342159
Lccn
2006040193
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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9780312342159
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  • (OCoLC)63297868
Label
The Peloponnesian War : Athens, Sparta and the struggle for Greece, Nigel Bagnall
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (page 310) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Greeks and their background -- The Persians and their background -- The expeditions of Mardonius and Darius 493-490 BC -- Xerxes invades 480 BC -- The inter-war years 480-431 BC -- The central theatre 431-423 BC -- The overseas theatres 431-423 BC -- An unquiet peace 421-415 BC -- The expedition to Sicily 415 BC -- Gylippus turns the tide 414-413 BC -- Persian intervention and political unrest in Athens 413-411 BC -- The struggle for the Hellespont and the fall of Athens 411-404 BC
Control code
596399
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
xviii, 318 pages
Isbn
9780312342159
Lccn
2006040193
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780312342159
Other physical details
map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780312342159
  • (OCoLC)63297868

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