How To Think About War: An Ancient Guide To Foreign Policy by ThucydidesHow To Think About War: An Ancient Guide To Foreign Policy by Thucydides

How To Think About War: An Ancient Guide To Foreign Policy

byThucydidesTranslated byJohanna HaninkIntroduction byJohanna Hanink

Hardcover | February 5, 2019

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An accessible modern translation of essential speeches from Thucydides's History that takes readers to the heart of his profound insights on diplomacy, foreign policy, and war

Why do nations go to war? What are citizens willing to die for? What justifies foreign invasion? And does might always make right? For nearly 2,500 years, students, politicians, political thinkers, and military leaders have read the eloquent and shrewd speeches in Thucydides's History of the Peloponnesian War for profound insights into military conflict, diplomacy, and the behavior of people and countries in times of crisis. How to Think about War presents the most influential and compelling of these speeches in an elegant new translation by classicist Johanna Hanink, accompanied by an enlightening introduction, informative headnotes, and the original Greek on facing pages. The result is an ideally accessible introduction to Thucydides's long and challenging History.

Thucydides intended his account of the clash between classical Greece's mightiest powers-Athens and Sparta-to be a "possession for all time." Today, it remains a foundational work for the study not only of ancient history but also contemporary politics and international relations. How to Think about War features speeches that have earned the History its celebrated status-all of those delivered before the Athenian Assembly, as well as Pericles's funeral oration and the notoriously ruthless "Melian Dialogue." Organized by key debates, these complex speeches reveal the recklessness, cruelty, and realpolitik of Athenian warfighting and imperialism.

The first English-language collection of speeches from Thucydides in nearly half a century, How to Think about War takes readers straight to the heart of this timeless thinker.

Johanna Hanink is associate professor of classics at Brown University. Her books include The Classical Debt: Greek Antiquity in an Era of Austerity. She lives in Rhode Island. Twitter @johannahan
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Title:How To Think About War: An Ancient Guide To Foreign PolicyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pagesPublished:February 5, 2019Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0691190151

ISBN - 13:9780691190150

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"This invaluable collection presents the most vivid, thought-provoking, and important speeches from Thucydides's work, which have inspired the analysis of politics, war, and international relations ever since. Johanna Hanink's new translation makes them fully accessible to a modern audience, and her excellent notes both set them in their ancient context and draw out their significance for modern debates."-Neville Morley, author of Classics: Why It Matters