Michel Wyss: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2019

NameMr Michel Wyss
MILAK - Strategische Studien
8903 Birmensdorf ZH
Telephone058 484 29 51
DepartmentHumanities, Social and Political Sciences

853-0082-00LStrategic Studies I3 credits2VM. Mantovani, M. Wyss
AbstractThe lecture series treats high-impact strategic theory from antiquity to the present.
ObjectiveThe participants know in what ways the understanding of strategy has evolved over time.
They understand the balance of strategy's basic components: ends, ways, means.
They know the most important classics of strategy and war theory, especially against their specific historical background.
Based on the analysis of historical and contemporary examples, they are aware of the ambiguity of declaration and implementation of strategies.
They are capable of analyzing original texts and modern scholarly works in the field of strategic studies.
ContentThe two-term lecture series treats classic texts of strategic studies from antiquity to the present. Term 1 covers the theories up until roughly 1900, term 2 the theories eversince.
Theories are considered classic, if they were prominent in their respective times and if they enjoyed a strong reception thereafter, be it in literature, in academic debates or as guidelines for action. Each out of some 50 theories is discussed in three steps: historical context, core elements and reception.
Lecture notesPrior to the lectures, the respective slides are provided as well as a primary sources and literature, as preparatory readings.
The program is also available online (www.milak.ch).
LiteraturePeter Paret, Makers of Modern Strategy. From Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age, Princeton 1986

Lawrence Freedman, Strategy. A History, New York 2013

Martin van Creveld, A History of Strategy: from Sun Tzu to William S. Lind, Kouvola 2015
Prerequisites / NoticeThe lecture is held in German.
Passive knowledge of English and French are required.