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- Editor: Random House Inc; Edición: Annotated edition (12 de septiembre de 2006)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0812969707
- ISBN-13: 978-0812969702
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A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 12 sep 2006
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"The age of Pericles was also a time of famine, pestilence and atrocity: a 'Thirty Year Slaughter.' In order to understand the lesson this offers for civilization, one must try to feel it as the Greeks felt it, and reflect it as they did. In this dual task, Victor Davis Hanson once again demonstrates that his qualifications are unrivalled."
-Christopher Hitchens, author of Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays
-Josiah Bunting III, author of Ulysses S. Grant
"The Peloponnesian War was grand and tragic but the sheer misery of those who experienced it has often been overlooked-until now. From death by trampling to cannibalism, from preteen-sized knights on ponies to deformed and ghostly plague survivors, from elegant galleys to bloodbaths in waterlogged death traps, the dark cones of classical combat are all brought to light by Hanson. This is a groundbreaking book by a great historian."
-Barry Strauss, author of The Battle of Salamis: The Naval Encounter That Saved Greece-and Western Civilization From the Hardcover edition.
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One of our most provocative military historians, Victor Davis Hanson has given us painstakingly researched and pathbreaking accounts of wars ranging from classical antiquity to the twenty-first century. Now he juxtaposes an ancient conflict with our most urgent modern concerns to create his most engrossing work to date, A War Like No Other.
Over the course of a generation, the Hellenic city-states of Athens and Sparta fought a bloody conflict that resulted in the collapse of Athens and the end of its golden age. Thucydides wrote the standard history of the Peloponnesian War, which has given readers throughout the ages a vivid and authoritative narrative. But Hanson offers readers something new: a complete chronological account that reflects the political background of the time, the strategic thinking of the combatants, the misery of battle in multifaceted theaters, and important insight into how these events echo in the present.
Hanson compellingly 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 thinkers including Sophocles and Plato.
Hanson’s perceptive analysis of events and personalities raises many thought-provoking questions: Were Athens and Sparta like America and Russia, 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 daringly brings the facts to life and unearths the often surprising ways in which the past informs the present.
Brilliantly researched, dynamically written, A War Like No Other is like no other history of this important war.
From the Hardcover edition.
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So, it's now small event in Western history. It is a war like no others. Its exploration is a mandatory historical, cultural, political and social read. There are plenty of ways in print to explore it. VDH has written a ‘key topics’ discussion weaving from Thucydides daily diary, Herodotus, Socrates, Xenophon, the Golden Age Greek playwrights and a whole cast of first person witnesses from all sides and providing the topical tale from many perspectives. How could the most advanced robust, rapidly growing civilization of the age plumb such extremes in the definition of ‘total war’ to destroy themselves?
Inherited monarchy among Hellenes was a long obsolete governance system. The differences between Spartan and Theban Oligarchy and Athenian Democracy was quite subtle. Governance was variously chosen by acclamation/elected by lot and representative of citizens in both.
One generation before the tale, the Hellenes were united to reveal the most aggressive, far outnumbered band of purpose driven warriors more than adequate to overcome adversity and expel the Xerxes tyrant driven Persian horde at Platea. Oligarchs and Democrats greatly outfought the tyrant state drone warriors.
The Hellenes after Platea were the undisputed power of the age and the team to join for keeping opportunistic tyrants of Carthage, Egypt and Persia from testing the unity. Hellene governance in its various flavors was self-attractive to geographies and peoples as the only option to tyrant overlords. Athens had grown an economic empire, and the whole of the Hellene influence was growing rapidly.
With the construction of the ostentatious Athens’s Acropolis monuments from the vast riches of the Athenian maritime colonial expansion and naval power, the civil tipping point with Thebes, Corinth, Sparta et al loosed a dragon. Athens for its part was flexing its new wealth among the Hellenes. Notions of inequality, covetousness and greed were stirred among the oligarchs. The ideological debate grew into a sort of 'racial' matter to divide the Dorics, Ionics, Attics and Aeolics.
The otherwise sage Hellene city-state hegemons of Sparta, Thebes and Athens decided that they needed a short season of demonstrative belligerence for general Hellene consumption to clear the air ... a sort of Hellene family squabble. Politics, origins and ideology was as important among 5th century BC Hellene's as today. The season of belligerence exited control. The war became Mediterranean wide.
VDH delivers a riveting telling chaptered with 'political blocs and alliances', “Navy”, “Hoplites”, "Horses", “Walls”, "Siege", “Terror”. You can see why the Hoplite fight was made obsolete. We see the Athenian-style democracy defeated by the oligarchs only after they are forced to team with the hated Persians. The Hellene cities had no walls before but all that changed.
The final lesson for the student is that within the next generation of the 30 year war, Sparta would be destroyed forever by an ally and the Hellenes reduced to the chattel of other empires.
5-star must read.
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Best of all, Hanson's book gives you a clear overview of events in this historic conflict with so much relevance today and makes it so much easier to encourage the reader to go back to finish the original. Hint: The most recent and most acclaimed version of the original is "The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War" by Robert B.Strassler