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War and Democracy: A Comparative Study of the Korean War and the Peloponnesian War

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A comparison of the cultural and political/institutional dimensions of war’s impact on Greece during the Peloponnesian War, and the United States and the two Koreas, North and South, during the Korean War. It demonstrates the many underlying similarities between the two wars.

Table of Contents

Introduction / David R. McCann and Barry S. Strauss

Part I. Democracy: Bellicose, Imperial or Idealistic?

  1. Democratic warfare, ancient and modern / Victor D. Hanson —
  2. The American imperium / Ronald Steel —
  3. The American empire: a case of mistaken identity / Robert Kagan —

Part I. categorising Wars: Civil or Hegemonic, Decisive or Cyclical?

  1. When Sparta is Sparta but Athens isn’t Athens: democracy and the Korean War / Bruce Cumings —
  2. Stalin and the decision for war in Korea / Kathryn Weathersby —
  3. The effects of the Peloponnesian (Athenian) War on Athenian and Spartan societies / Paul Cartledge —

Part III. Third Forces, or Shrimps Between Whales

  1. The case of Plataea: small states and the (re-)invention of political realism / Gregory Crane —
  2. The Korean War and North Korean politics / Dae-Sook Suh.
  3. The Korean War and South Korean politics / Kongdan Oh —

Part IV. Demagogues? or Domestic Politics in Democracies at War

  1. McCarthyism and the Korean War / Ellen Schrecker —
  2. Korea, the Cold War, and American democracy / Stephen J. Whitfield —
  3. Warfare, democracy, and the cult of personality / Jennifer T. Roberts —

Part V. Realism, Militarism and the Culture of Democracies at War

  1. Thucydides Theoretikos/Thucydides histor: realist theory and the challenge of history / Josiah Ober —
  2. Father of all, destroyer of all: war in late fifth-century Athenian discourse and ideology / Kurt A. Raaflaub —
  3. Characters and characteristics of Korean War novels / Dong-Wook Shin

LKL says:

Crazy idea for a book, seemingly of limited readership: ancient historians also interested in modern East Asian history (or vice versa). But it’s a fascinating collection of articles. “How like Alcibiades was General MacArthur?” asks one article…

LKL rating: score-2score-2score-2score-1score-0

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