Thucydides and Grand Strategy



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4 Responses

  1. Avatar Rufus F.

    It’s a cool link. I should say that I only really appear to be a classicist because I’ve been going through the canon so slowly.Report

  2. Avatar Kyle Mathews

    It is an interesting take, thanks for the link Will (and Rufus, for your post) enjoyable reads both.

    (sidenote) For whatever the differences in internal composition between Athens and Sparta I’m always a little disappointed in how unchallenged a natural American proclivity to see democratic Athens as our historical counterpart is. The striking thing to me, at least in a cold war context, is how similar the Delian league was to the Warsaw Pact. Athens’ treatment of her allies was at times as ruthless and ideological as Moscow.

    I did find the treatment of personal and distant fear to be incredibly interesting and agree that Kagan’s peloponnesian war is a good read and great introduction to the subject.Report

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