Thucydides History of the Peloponnesian War is one of the classics of ancient military writing, and one of the first true historical narratives of any kind. In Thucydides on War and National Character, Robert Luginbill explores Thucydides seminal writings on national character and its relation to humankinds tendency towards war. He investigates Thucydides theories on personal and national behavior in times of stress, with an eye for the lessons to be learned in modern times.
Table of Contents
Charting Historys Flow; Thucydides Discovery of National Character; Physis : The Biology of War; The Balance of Power and Necessity; Risk and Reason; Hope and Fear; Elements of National Character; Spartan National Character in Action; Athenian National Character in Action; Syracuse: The Formation of National Character; National Character and Leadership; Inevitability of War
Robert D. Luginbill is associate professor of classics at the University of Louisville.