Monday, March 14, 2022

Review of Alexander the Great's Legacy: The Decline of Macedonian Europe in the Wake of the Wars of the Successors by Mike Roberts

This review is written by Eugene Kernes

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Genre = History, Empires

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Overview:

Macedonia was a small state until it became a great power.  This book follows the course of the breakup of Macedonia.  How Alexander the Great’s power fractured and weakened.  This was the legacy that Alexander the Great had left behind.  Showcasing those who took power, and their successors.  The reasons why they wanted power, and how they kept or lost it.  The political maneuverings.  The different cultures and attitudes that people had towards others. 


The lack of unity caused friction between the kingdoms.  The fractured Macedonian kingdoms were weaker than their former whole self.  Being weakened, and having to deal with internal struggles, made them targets of foreign powers.  There were many vicissitudes of power.  Strategies that had worked and were deemed superior, had their flaws found and become ineffective. 


Caveats?

This book has a lot of details, the problem is how they are expressed.  Easy to lose track of which details apply to whom and what region, because the details quickly relate to various people and regions.  Hard to understand how the details go together.  To get a lot out of the book, the reader needs to already know a lot about the background of the various people and regions.  


Questions to Consider while Reading the Book

•What is the raison d’etre of the book?  For what purpose did the author write the book?
•What are some limitations of the book?
•How did Macedonia gain power?
•Why did the Macedonian empire fracture?
•Who took power after Alexander the Great?
•What is Alexander the Great’s Legacy?
•What were important military strategies?

Book Details
This book was provided by NetGalley
Edition ISBN:  9781526788528
Pages to read:   283
Publication:     2022
1st Edition:      2022
Format:           eBook

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    1
Content          1
Overall           1