What were Thucydides' four causes of war?


What were Thucydides' four causes of war?


Athenian soldier and historian Thucydides (460-400 BC) is best known for the writing of the events in the Peloponnesian War. He has been called the father of political realism as well as scientific history.

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Thucydides outlines specific causes of the Peloponnesian War including the reality that Spartan and Athenian power was at its height, both sides were...

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Peloponnesian War and Thucydides


Chapter 3 / Lesson 4

This lecture covers the Peloponnesian War. First we enumerate the causes of the war. Then we examine Pericles' plan to win it. We see how Pericles' plan eventually fell apart and how the Athenians struggled without leadership until their eventual destruction at the hands of the Spartans.

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