Thucydides

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  • Thucydides Speech Analysis

    American people, particularly at this stage in the election cycle. Those of us living in the postmodern age, however, tend to fall into the highly fallacious mindset wherein democracy is thought of as being an invention of the recent age, and an idea about which we can learn very little by appealing to the ancient world which is so rife with stories of empires and conquests. It is Thucydides, however, who really begins to explore and relate back to us the relationship of democracy and empire. At the epicenter of this controversy is an Athenian statesman and demagogue by the name of Cleon, who seems to argue that democracy is bad for empire. Opinions on Cleon vary wildly, especially centered around his speech concerning the punishment of the Mytileneans, wherein he argues against a fellow statesman named Dioditus. It has been argued by many in class (myself included among these) that it is Thucydides’ intention to paint Cleon in a negative light, and that the right course of action was to spare the Mytileneans. I would, however, like to take another look at that argument, and assert that, in actuality, Thucydides sees Cleon, at least in some respect,…

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  • Foreign Policy Motivation In The Peloponnesian War

    by laying out different types of reactions people have to threats in the international environment and pointing out the three main types of motives in making “foreign policy decisions”, which they say are fear, profit, and social recognition (Chittick 70). Using this base, they set out to discuss and analyze the reasons for the second Peloponnesian War. They make it a point to lay out the methods Thucydides employed to record his history of the war; the narratives and “dramatic speeches”. The…

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  • The History Of The Peloponnesian War Analysis

    In his book The History of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides analyses the causes and events of the Peloponnesian war. He provides the reader with an overview of Greek history leading up to the war and the factors that set apart this war from previous conflicts in the region. For his accounts, Thucydides relies on his own observations, as well as multiple sources that he tries to verify as far as possible. This paper will analyse some of the major themes and ideas presented in Thucydides work.…

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  • Thomas Hobbes Influence

    philosophy. He aimed his learnings at the study of classic Greek and Latin authors. He is very well known for the translation of the book, The History of the Peloponnesian War, originally authored by Thucydides. He didn’t begin his work in philosophy until 1629, he spent the majority of his time tutoring William Cavendish the third up until 1637. It was during his time here that he began to expand his knowledge on political philosophy; He enhanced his understanding on the basic principles of…

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  • Athenian Viewpoints Of Pacifism And Just War Theory

    conflicts (Ryan, 2015). Therefore from the perspective of a Pacifist the Athenian’s argument is immediately written off. A Pacifist would strongly argue that under no condition were Athens to inflict themselves upon the Melians as the act, in itself, is considered ‘war making’. Only brief attempts at peace building was made during the Melian Dialogue as the Athenians offer the Melians the chance to submit without direct conflict; “…you will not think it dishonourable to submit to the greatest…

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  • The Peloponnesian War: Mitylenian Democracy

    there has always been an imperial power or a group striving to be an imperial power. The Peloponnesian War was no different. The war was fought between the Peloponnesian League and Athens. In this case however, the power striving to be imperial was Athens, who, at the time was supposedly a democracy. As a democracy there are always ways to comprise. In modern society the United States makes constantly compromises. However, when democracies try to be imperial powers things tend to go astray, as…

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  • Sparta Strategic Approach To War: The Peloponnesian War

    The Peloponnesian War by the end of the fifth century before the common era commenced with Sparta’s fear of Athens’ rising power. Sparta a primitive, economically challenged land power, led the independent states. In contrast, Athens an advanced, economically wealthy sea power, oversaw alliance states. Even though they both were state super powers, there was a noticeable difference in their culture, economic background and how they led the subordinate states of government. As well as, Sparta’s…

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  • Thucydides's History On The Peloponnesian War Summary

    greatest war ever faced by the Hellenic race, Thucydides’ history on the Peloponnesian War has been noted for its objectivity and theoretical approach since antiquity. Indeed, its impact on Western civilization was anticipated by the author himself, who strove to write an accurate account of the war, free from romance. However, Thucydides’ work is not without its limitations, and historians today are aware of inconsistencies and omissions that exist within the text. To this end, the history of…

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  • Difference Between Historian And International Relations Scholars

    Historians and International Relations scholars have long had a relationship that allows for interworking, while distinct differences still remain separating the two. In studying the past, a historian and an international relations scholar would take into account the past as a force that generates the questions and theories of both parties. On the other hand, there lies a difference in the way that the historian would place more emphasis on recounting history and international events for their…

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  • Change In International Politics

    changed.” Theorist of international politics are generally found in one of two camps; those who believe that state relations and behaviors today are consistent with those found during the time of Thucydides and those who believe that everything has changed. The various views about change or continuity are useful in developing theories about international politics, but also present a danger for those who adhere too strongly to their views and disregard competing ideas. Proponents of realism,…

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