Paul A. Rahe studied ancient history at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, then later at Yale. He holds the Charles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Chair in the Western Heritage at Hillsdale College, where he is professor of history.
Paul Rahe stands out as one of the world's leading scholars on the Peloponnesian War. His latest volume on Sparta's protracted struggle with Athens, Sparta's Second Attic War, provides insight into enduring problems of politics and strategy in wartime, into why and how peoples fight, both in the ancient world and in our own troubled times. -John H. Maurer, Naval War College The West's victory in the Cold War may not have been the equal of the early 5th century Greek victory over the Persians. But, as Paul Rahe's Sparta's Second Attic War explains in elegantly crafted language, the notion of resolving global-sized confrontations is a modern conceit. Based on an understanding that equals that of any contemporary strategic thinker, Rahe examines the upheavals in the Hellenic world that followed Persia's defeat, the roots of dissension in the geography of Sparta and Athens, and the influence of domestic policy on the contestants' diplomatic and military maneuvers. -Seth Cropsey, former deputy Undersecretary of the Navy Rahe's far-reaching and audacious reconstruction of ancient Greek history proceeds apace. This is more than military history, more than diplomatic history. It exhibits not only his magisterial command of a vast, complicated body of facts, but his comprehensive understanding of the larger context of strategic thinking then and now. -Ralph Lerner, The University of Chicago