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How to Think about War: An Ancient Guide to Foreign Policy

How to Think about War: An Ancient Guide to Foreign Policy (Hardback)

By Thucydides
Introduction by Hanink, Johanna

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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 doe... read full description below.

ISBN 9780691190150
Barcode 9780691190150
Published 15 January 2019
Format Hardback
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Language English (translated from: English)
Series Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers
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ISBN-13 9780691190150
ISBN-10 0691190151
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Princeton University Press
Publication Date 15 January 2019
International Publication Date 5 February 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Language English
Translated from English
Author(s) By Thucydides
Introduction by Hanink, Johanna
Series Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers
Category Military History
Ancient Western Philosophy To C 500
Social & Political Philosophy
Military Tactics
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 114mm
Height: 171mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress International relations, War
NBS Text Philosophy
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;General/trade
Dewey Code 327.160938
Catalogue Code 961616

Description of this Book

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 speeches reveal the complexity and elegance-but also 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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 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 Hanink's accessible translation and commentary cut an easy path through the dense Greek of the famous speeches in Thucydides's History, avoiding the snare of reading them at face value. The result is a compelling illustration of the danger of using Thucydides to defend contemporary political decisions. -Donna Zuckerberg, author of Not All Dead White Men: Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

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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