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Sparta's Second Attic War

The Grand Strategy of Classical Sparta, 446-418 B.C.

Paul Anthony Rahe



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Yale University
08 September 2020
The latest volume in Paul Rahe's expansive history of Sparta's response to the challenges posed to its grand strategy In a continuation of his multivolume series on ancient Sparta, Paul Rahe narrates the second stage in the six-decades-long, epic struggle between Sparta and Athens that first erupted some seventeen years after their joint victory in the Persian Wars. Rahe explores how and why open warfare between these two erstwhile allies broke out a second time, after they had negotiated an extended truce. He traces the course of the war that then took place, he examines and assesses the strategy each community pursued and the tactics adopted, and he explains how and why mutual exhaustion forced on these two powers yet another truce doomed to fail. At stake for each of the two peoples caught up in this enduring strategic rivalry, as Rahe shows, was nothing less than the survival of its political regime and of the peculiar way of life to which that regime gave rise.
By:   Paul Anthony Rahe
Imprint:   Yale University
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 165mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   730g
ISBN:   9780300242621
ISBN 10:   030024262X
Series:   Yale Library of Military History (YUP)
Pages:   408
Publication Date:   08 September 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for Sparta's Second Attic War: The Grand Strategy of Classical Sparta, 446-418 B.C.

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

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