Thucydides on Strategy
Grand Strategies in the Peloponnesian War and Their Relevance Today
Athanassios Platias and Constantinos Koliopoulos
Reviews and Awards
"Thucydides, as he himself anticipated, wrote not only the history of the Peloponnesian War. He wrote the history of the Napoleonic Wars, World War I, World War II, and the Cold War."--Louis Halle
"International relations continue to be a recurring struggle for wealth and power among independent actors in a state of anarchy. The classic history of Thucydides is as meaningful a guide to the behavior of states today as when it was written in the fifth century B.C.E."--Robert Gilpin
"I read Thucydides on Strategy with considerable interest, pleasure, and care. - The authors have made an original contribution to scholarship ... and have managed to synthesize a coherent whole that goes far to explain how Athens lost and the Peloponnesians won this war. In the course of doing this, they also manage to explain why Thucydides' work is a " for all time". They show that the same sorts of strategic questions and problems are likely to recur, again and again, as Thucydides says, so long as human nature remains the same, e.g., defining political objectives, matching a grand strategy to meet them, integrating a military strategy with the grand strategy, interacting with an enemy, avoiding overextension, and a whole range of other themes commonly studied by strategists today."--Karl Walling, Professor, Department of Policy and Strategy, United States Naval War College.
"An excellent companion to the 'History', and an aid to the essential reflection that Thucydides's work requires."--RUSI Journal