On the Origins of War and the Preservation of Peace by Donald KaganHe formerly taught in the Department of History at Cornell University. At present, Kagan is considered among the foremost American scholars of Greek history. Once a liberal Democrat, Kagan changed his views in According to Jim Lobe, cited by Craig Unger, Kagan's turn away from liberalism occurred in when Cornell University was pressured into starting a Black Studies program by gun-wielding students seizing the Willard Straight Hall : "Watching administrators demonstrate all the courage of Neville Chamberlain had a great impact on me, and I became much more conservative. Remarking in on the work, Kagan summarized the causes of war by quoting Thucydides : "You know, Thucydides has this great insight.
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The defensive alliance was a precisely crafted diplomatic device meant to bring the Corinthians to their senses without war. Enlarge cover. They are revolu. Print book : English : 1st Anchor books ed View all editions and formats.
On the Origins of War and the Preservation of Peace
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This was the body that had to approve treaties of peace and declarations of war. It ended when the Megarians defected from the Athenian alliance and returned to the Peloponnesian League. If the Corinthians refused and insisted on war, Corcyra would be forced to seek friends elsewhere. DK's view of German actions, post Bismar.
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Aims and Scope The first volume of Donald Kagan's acclaimed four-volume history of the Peloponnesian War offers a new evaluation of the origins and causes of the conflict, based on evidence produced by modern scholarship and on a careful reconsideration of the ancient texts. He focuses his study on the question: Was the war inevitable, or could it have been avoided? Kagan takes issue with Thucydides' view that the war was inevitable, that the rise of the Athenian Empire in a world with an existing rival power made a clash between the two a certainty. Asserting instead that the origin of the war "cannot, without serious distortion, be treated in isolation from the internal history of the states involved," Kagan traces the connections between domestic politics, constitutional organization, and foreign affairs. He further examines the evidence to see what decisions were made that led to war, at each point asking whether a different decision would have been possible.