What topics does Thucydides discuss in Book 2 of the History of the Peloponnesian War?

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In the first book of his History of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides gave the background information for the conflict, culminating with Pericles' first speech in Athens. In book 2, he gets into the meat of the narrative, depicting the events of the war which took place from 431-428 BC.

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In the first book of his History of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides gave the background information for the conflict, culminating with Pericles' first speech in Athens. In book 2, he gets into the meat of the narrative, depicting the events of the war which took place from 431-428 BC.

Both the Delians--led by Athens--and the Peloponnesians--led by Sparta--begin to mobilize their armies. Led by Archidamus, the Peloponnesians invade Attica (the section of Greece where Athens is located), but the Athenians subvert the attack by launching naval counterattacks near the Spartan homeland on the Peloponnese. 

Pericles rallies the Athenians with his famous "Funeral Oration," but Athens is struck by a terrible plague which kills many of its citizens and cripples its army (Pericles was among its many victims). To make matters worse, the Peloponnesians invade the Attica again. 

Thucydides narrates several more skirmishes and battles and ends the book with the Thracian campaign in Macedonia.

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