853-0057-00L  Strategic Studies II (without Exercises)

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersM. Mantovani, M. Berni, M. Wyss
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman
CommentOnly for Public Policy BA


AbstractThe SiP-accredited lecture series treats high-impact strategic theory from antiquity to the present, emphasizing in particular its specific time-related context as well as the corresponding state of military technology.
ObjectiveThe participants know how the understanding of strategy has evolved over time.
They understand the interplay of strategy's basic components: ends, ways, means.
They know the most important classics of strategy and war theory and can place them in their specific time-related context, focusing in particular on the given state of military technology.
Based on the analysis of historical and contemporary examples, they are aware of the mismatch between declaration and implementation of any given strategy.
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 treats 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: time-related context, core elements and reception.
Lecture notesPrior to the lectures, the respective slides as well as primary sources and literature (as preparatory readings) are made available on Moodle.
The program is also available online (Link).
LiteraturePeter Paret (ed.), Makers of Modern Strategy. From Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age, Princeton 1986

Elinor C. Sloan, Modern Military Strategy. An Introduction, Oxon/New York 2012

Lawrence Freedman, Strategy. A History, New York 2013

John Baylis, James J. Wirtz, and Colin S. Gray (eds.), Strategy in the Contemporary World. An Introduction to Strategic Studies, New York 2018
Prerequisites / NoticeThe lecture is held in German.
Passive knowledge of English and French are required.