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Thucydides, Societal Efficacy, and the Nature of Examination in Wartime

Jackson Coerr

St. John's College, 2019

Nations in conflict have gone to war with each other for millennia. When they do, either one nation or a group of nations emerges victorious over another. What is it that separates the victorious from the defeated, and how can we best understand these qualities? This essay looks at Thucydides, the Peloponnesian War, its events and outcomes, and the very nature of examining and understanding societies.

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