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A war like no other : how the Athenians and Spartans fought the Peloponnesian War

Author: Victor Davis Hanson
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Hanson portrays the ways Athens and Sparta fought on land and sea, in city and countryside, and details their employment of the full scope of conventional and nonconventional tactics, from sieges to targeted assassinations, torture, and terrorism. He also assesses the crucial roles played by warriors such as Pericles and Lysander; artists, among them Aristophanes; and philosophers including Sophocles and Plato."  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hanson, Victor Davis.
War like no other.
New York : Random House, 2005
(OCoLC)607591258
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Victor Davis Hanson
ISBN: 1400060958 9781400060955 0812969707 9780812969702
OCLC Number: 57211303
Description: xviii, 397 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Fear : why Sparta fought Athens (480-431) --
Fire : the war against the land (431-425) --
Disease : the ravages of the plague at Athens (430-426) --
Terror : war in the shadows (431-421) --
Armor : hoplite pitched battles (424-418) --
Walls : sieges (431-415) --
Horses : the disaster at Sicily (415-413) --
Ships : the war at sea (431-404) --
Climax : Trireme fighting in the Aegean (411-405) --
Ruin? Winners and losers (404-403) --
Appendix I : glossary of terms and places --
Appendix II : key people.
Responsibility: Victor Davis Hanson.
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"Hanson portrays the ways Athens and Sparta fought on land and sea, in city and countryside, and details their employment of the full scope of conventional and nonconventional tactics, from sieges to targeted assassinations, torture, and terrorism. He also assesses the crucial roles played by warriors such as Pericles and Lysander; artists, among them Aristophanes; and philosophers including Sophocles and Plato." "Hanson's analysis of events and personalities raises many questions: Were Athens and Sparta like the United States and the Soviet Union, two superpowers battling to the death? Is the Peloponnesian War echoed in the endless, frustrating conflicts of Vietnam, Northern Ireland, and the current Middle East - or was it more like America's own Civil War, a brutal rift that rent the fabric of a glorious society, or even this century's "red state-blue state" schism between liberals and conservatives, a cultural war that manifestly controls military policies? Hanson brings the facts to life and unearths the often surprising ways in which the past informs the present."--Jacket.

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