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Policy Watch: Thucydides and America

Show simple item record Katz, Mark N. 2010-08-30T15:27:16Z 2010-08-30T15:27:16Z 2006-07-29
dc.description © 2006 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Deposited with permission from en_US
dc.description.abstract "The History of the Peloponnesian War," by the Greek historian Thucydides, remains one of the classics of international relations even though it was written some 2,500 years ago. The Peloponnesian War, between the Greek city states, was mainly one between a democracy, Athens, and a dictatorship, Sparta -- a type of conflict the world has seen much of since the beginning of the 20th century. What is particularly sobering about the book is that Athens, the democracy, lost out in the end. In recent times, of course, the major democracies have won their wars with the major dictatorships. World War I, World War II, and the Cold War are the best examples of this. Yet Thucydides' book is still highly important to understand, since what he showed us is how a democracy, with all its advantages, can lose a war through making a series of poor decisions. And, as at other times in modern history, there appear to be eerie parallels between what Thucydides described so long ago and today.
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher (United Press International, Inc.) en_US
dc.subject International Affairs en_US
dc.subject Peloponnesian War, Greece, 431-404 B.C. en_US
dc.subject Thucydides en_US
dc.subject War on terror, 2001-2009 en_US
dc.title Policy Watch: Thucydides and America en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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