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Thucydides on Strategy : Grand Strategies in the Peloponnesian War and Their Relevance Today (Hardcover)

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"Thucydides on Strategy provides a conclusive rebuttal to those who suspect modern strategists are guilty of anachronism when they claim that the classical world thought and acted strategically. Athanassioss G. Platias and Constantinos Koliopoulos demonstrate convincingly why Thucydides belongs in a lonely triumvirate with Carl von Clausewitz and Sun Tzu as the truly essential authors of a general strategic theory both universally and eternally valid, The wisdom in this splendid book could save our current politics from many follies. If only our politicians, civil servants, and soldiers took the time to read and understand it.'-Colin S. Gray, University of Reading

"I read Thucydides on Strategy with considerable interest, pleasure, and care. Many students of strategy and international relations grow their knowledge from one or two theoretical concepts implicit in Thucydides's work. The authors have managed to synthesize most of these theories into a coherent whole that explains how Athens lost and the Peloponnesians won. They also show how the same sorts of strategic questions and problems are likely to recur again and again, as Thucydides says, so long as human nature remains the same. In other words, as long as we define political objectives, match a grand strategy to meet them, integrate a military strategy with the grand strategy, interact with an enemy, avoid overextension, and a whole range of themes commonly studied by strategists today. A model of scholarly writing at its best, and a gem of a book.'-Karl Walling, United States Naval War College

Masterfully crafted and surprisingly modern, Thucydides's History of the Peloponnesian War has long been celebrated as an insightful, eloquent, and exhaustively detailed work of classical Greek history. Scholars have also admired the text's deep political and military dimensions.

Written in the fifth century B.C.E., the History of the Peloponnesian War has been placed alongside Sun Tzu's The Art of War and Carl von Clausewitis On War as one of the great treatises on strategy. The perfect companion to Thucydides's impressive text, this volume details the strategic concepts at work within the History of the Peloponnesian War and demonstrates how, through case studies of recent conflicts in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq, Thucydidean thought remains vital to the analysis of strategic operations.

Some scholars have credited Thucydides with founding the discipline of international relations. Written by scholars with extensive experience in this and related fields, Thitcydicles on Strategy situates the historians work solidly within the annals of classical history and within the world modern war.


Publisher Columbia Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780231701334
SKU 211281801
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0231701330
Release Date 8/30/2010
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Book Format Hardcover
Minimum Age 22
Number of Pages 0197
Publisher Columbia University Press
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