Reasons For Peloponnesian War

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In life their will always be fights. In fights their will always be two sides or more, and within those two sides there will be disputing and arguing before they decide to try and destroy each other. In many wars it has been noticed that we could have been able to stop it before it happened. Typically, one side is more to blame than the other by wanting too much power or not settling down. In the Peloponnesian War I believe Athens is more to blame for starting the war than Sparta. Athens was to blame for the war for their disregard of Sparta’s request, to ease restrictions on city states allied with Sparta, for disturbing the allies of Sparta, Corinth, and Megara, and finally for not listening to the ultimatum given by Sparta
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The Athenians began to build their empire and their growth alarmed their neighboring city states, particularly Sparta. According to Thucydides, “because the growth of Athenian power alarmed the Spartans, who feared that their interests and allies would fall to the Athenians’ relentless drive.” (100) With that being said Athens began to grow and raise eyebrows of the counselors of Sparta, they became alarmed. Athens began to grow and create more and more alliances as well as take control of city states, and this alliance was known as the Delian League and allies. Sparta saw the threat Athens was becoming by so they began to create alliances of their own, known as Sparta and allies. Eventually the two giants, accompanied by their allies, of Greece met in what we know now as the, Peloponnesian War. Athens gave Sparta no other options but to engage in war, for they were growing to be too powerful and the Spartans feared that eventually Athens would try to invade Sparta. This was brought to the attention of Sparta when Athens began to trouble Sparta’s …show more content…
Corinth told Sparta, “to attack Athens, or else Corinth and its navy would change sides to the Athenian alliance.” After being given this ultimatum, Sparta decided to give one of their own. Spartan Leaders told Athens, “stop mistreating our allies.” Pericles however, “convinced the Athenian voters to reject the ultimatum on the grounds that Sparta had refused to settle the dispute through the third-party arbitration process called for by the 446-445 B.C.E. treaty.” Although Sparta did refuse the settle through a third party, there was never a need for the third party. The Spartans were ready to use physical force if Athens did not cooperate with their request. Athens however, being convinced by Pericles, ignored the ultimatum and continued with their ignorant attitude and disturbed the peace between the city states. Athens should have just stopped mistreating Sparta’s allies. The fact remains that every time that Sparta would insist, or come up with a solution Athens rejected the offers, offers that seemed reasonable.
Athens was to blame for the Peloponnesian War, for all these reasons. They allowed themselves to be convinced by Pericles to disregard all of the Spartans attempts to come to a resolution before war. Athens rejected Spartan’s request, to ease restrictions on city states allied with Sparta. Athens disregarded the Spartan request to stop putting restrictions

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