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Vendetta: Athens vs. Sicily

When Athens sent a massive invasion fleet against Syracuse, it could not have anticipated the merciless Sicilian vendetta that followed Athens invaded Sicily in 415 BC with soaring hopes and bold—albeit ill-defined—ambitions.…

The Origins of Restraint

The medieval period’s faltering and largely unsuccessful steps to constrain the worst excesses of war were an important beginning. LAWS OF WAR IN THE MODERN SENSE DID NOT EMERGE IN EUROPE until well after the terrible wars of…

The Bahamas During the Civil War

Readers holding the moonlight-and-magnolia vision of blockade running during the Civil War as the patriotic actions of intrepid sea dogs selflessly smuggling critical war materials into Southern ports had best read Charles D.…