853-0057-00L  Strategic Studies II (with Exercises)

SemesterSpring Semester 2019
LecturersM. Mantovani, M. Berni
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman
CommentOnly for Public Policy BA and DAS in Military Sciences.


AbstractThe lecture series, spread over two terms, covers strategic thinking and practice, especially in their military dimension, as well as theories of warfare from the ancient times to the present.
ObjectiveThe participants are cognizant of how the meaning of strategy has changed and they know the main theoretical concepts of strategy and theories of war. They are - after a study of their application in selected historical and contemporary situations - conscious of the difficulties of translating strategic concepts into practice.
ContentThe series covers key concepts of classical theory (e.g. Sun Tzu, Jomini, Clausewitz, Mahan, Liddell Hart, Beaufre etc.), against their historical background and their influence in history. It also deals with current doctrines especially of the US and their operational implementation, the strategies and (asymmetric) tactics of non-state actors and their suppression, i.e. irregular warfare.
The theory of warfare is being treated by means of Thucydides, Machiavelli, Clausewitz or Galula.
Lecture notesSlides, source texts and literature are being distributed ahead of the individual session.

A textbook with primary sources and a list of further reading are available online: Link
Literaturesee "Skript"
Prerequisites / NoticeActive knowledge of German, French and English.

The test covers the contents of the lectures and the discussed parts of the textbook.