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Providence Athenaeum Salon: How to Think about War

  • The Providence Athenaeum 251 Benefit St Providence, RI 02903 (map)

Why do nations go to war? What are citizens willing to die for? What justifies foreign invasion? And does might always make right? For nearly 2,500 years, students, politicians, political thinkers, and military leaders have read the eloquent and shrewd speeches in Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War for profound insights into military conflict, diplomacy, and the behavior of people and countries in times of crisis. Scholar Johanna Hanink discusses her new book How to Think about War: An Ancient Guide to Foreign Policy, which offers new translations of the artful Athenian speeches from History, a work that the ancient historian hoped would become a “possession for all time.” Book signing to follow.

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