Spring 2020

Strategy and the Art of War

Listed in: History, as HIST-363


Mark R. Jacobson (Section 01)


[TE] This course seeks to provide an introduction to the fundamentals of military strategy and the “art of war.” We will begin with readings and discussions about the origins of war and the nature of conflict and then examine the origins of classical strategy, reading the work of Clausewitz and Jomini, maritime strategists such as Mahan and Corbett, and airpower theorists such as Douhet. We will also look more broadly at the ideas of Sun Tzu, T.E. Lawrence, Galula and other scholar-practitioners of “small wars” and “insurgencies.” Throughout, students will search for continuity and contrasts in styles of warfare. Students will consider how these various strategists influenced contemporary American military operational theory and practices. The course will conclude by contemplating strategy and the future of warfare. One class meeting per week.

Limited to 18 students. Spring Semester. McCloy Visiting Professor Jacobson.

If Overenrolled: Preference given first to history majors and then by seniority.


Attention to Research, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2019, Spring 2020