Thucydides on the Outbreak of War: Character and Contest by S.N. JaffeThucydides on the Outbreak of War: Character and Contest by S.N. Jaffe

Thucydides on the Outbreak of War: Character and Contest

byS.N. Jaffe

Hardcover | April 1, 2017

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The cause of great power war is a perennial issue for the student of politics. Some 2,400 years ago, in his monumental History of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides wrote that it was the growth of Athenian power and the fear that this power inspired in Sparta which rendered the PeloponnesianWar somehow necessary, inevitable, or compulsory. In this new political psychological study of Thucydides' first book, S.N. Jaffe shows how the History's account of the outbreak of the war ultimately points toward the opposing characters of the Athenian and Spartan regimes, disclosing a Thucydidean preoccupation with the interplay between natureand convention. Jaffe explores how the character of the contest between Athens and Sparta, or how the outbreak of a particular war, can reveal Thucydides' account of the recurring human causes of war and peace. The political thought of Thucydides proves bound up with his distinctive understanding ofthe interrelationship of particular events and more universal themes.
S.N. Jaffe is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at John Cabot University and an Associate Researcher at the Berlin Thucydides Center of the Freie Universitat (FU) Berlin. He has taught at Bowdoin College and the University of Toronto and is a member of the project "Bewegung als Prinzip - Dynamik und ...
Title:Thucydides on the Outbreak of War: Character and ContestFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pagesPublished:April 1, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198716281

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Table of Contents

Introduction - Character and Contest1. The Manifest Quarrels2. The Spartan Congress3. The Athenian Logic of the Truest npooaoic4. The Greatest npooaoic for WarConclusion - Thucydides on the Outbreak of War