Ancient Spartans developed a grand strategy based on conquest but could not maintain this strategy in the long run
This article by Paul A. Rahe, writing in World History, notes the following:
- Spartan grand strategy relied on warfare and conquest to create wealth.
- Sparta depended on slaves (helots) who belonged to the city-state.
- Conquered communities resented the Spartans and regularly rebelled.
- Reluctantly the Spartans abandoned further expansion.
- The Spartans repositioned themselves as defenders of the Greek way of life and defenders of freedom.
Source Information: The Collector