Title: Systematic Rationalization of Thucydides' Peloponnesian War

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Subject: History
Author: Billie J
Date: October 17, 2011
Level: University
Grade: A
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One of the most important of these conclusions that may be drawn is that, like in modern times, the balance of power between states in an anarchic international society, if upset or perceived to have been upset, will bring nations to war. This is evidenced strongly in Thucydides writings on the Peloponnesian War, and while other factors may have led to war, it is unlikely that any of the Greek city-states of Hellas would have gone to war...

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To a degree disorder is present, as war is always possible, and nearly always an imminent danger. However, international events such as war may be predicted. In an anarchic system there is an ever-present uncertainty of the future and uncertainty of the intentions of other states. In the Greek world of Thucydides described in his history of the Peloponnesian War, the opposing states' uncertainty of the others' intentions led to a security dilemma in which Sparta was forced to increase its security to match the seemingly increasing security of Athens...

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