Masters of War: History's Greatest Strategic Thinkers : The Great Courses: Military

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Andrew R. Wilson
  • Series: The Great Courses: Military
  • 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

From Napoleon's revolutionary campaigns to the way insurgency, terrorism, and nuclear weaponry have defined the nature of warfare in the 21st century, the results of military strategy have changed the course of history. These 24 thought-provoking lectures give you an inside look at both the content and historical context of the world's greatest war strategists.
From the triremes and hoplites of ancient Greece to the Special Forces in 21st-century Afghanistan, strategy is the process by which political objectives are translated into military action - using the means at a nation's disposal to compel an enemy to bend to its political will.
In this concise and rigorous survey, Professor Wilson introduces: Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War; Sun Tzu's famous The Art of War; Machiavelli's strategy for a republic with a citizen-army; Jomini, Clausewitz, and the Napoleonic revolution in warfare; the development of naval strategy and the rise of airpower; Mao Tse-tung, David Galula, and Roger Trinquier's reflections on insurgency and counterinsurgency and their influence on the U.S. Army's Field Manual 3-24; Just-war theory, from Thucydides' Melian Dialogue to Operation Iraqi Freedom; nuclear war, terrorism, and other strategic challenges for the 21st century.
You'll come away from this course with new insight that will allow you to take an informed, active interest in political and military debates - which ultimately will determine the course of our nation.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this course are those of the professor and do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

More

See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Educational and interesting

A good series of lectures, charting the progress of military theory, with real world examples of ideas from long ago. I liked the delivery, which felt relaxed and was easy to listen to. Will want to hear more of the Great Courses, especially Prof. Wilson's Art of War lectures.
Read full review

- Amazon Customer

really impressive. LOVED every chapter / lecture.

highly recommended for anyone who lives history, military history, strategy, and learning from the past. brilliantly researched and written. I LOVE this series of lectures.
Read full review

- Mr Simon W D Borland

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses