Masters of War: History's Greatest Strategic Thinkers (Great Courses, #9422)

Masters of War History s Greatest Strategic Thinkers Great Courses From Napoleon s revolutionary campaigns to the way insurgency terrorism and nuclear weaponry have defined the nature of warfare in the st century the results of military strategy have changed the

  • Title: Masters of War: History's Greatest Strategic Thinkers (Great Courses, #9422)
  • Author: Andrew R. Wilson
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 380
  • Format: Audiobook
  • 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 triFrom 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.

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    1. Let’s get the technicalities of the way first. Masters of war is a set of 24 30 minutes long lectures about strategy (mainly in military setting) and people who, at least according to the lecturer, contributed the most to its definition and evolution over the ages.Approximately half of the lectures are pretty much familiar ground for anyone interested in military history as their focus is on the great thinkers in this discipline. Thucydides, Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, von Clausewitz and Jomini all [...]

    2. Nokkuð góð yfirferð yfir helstu hugsuði sögunnar í hernaðarstrategíu. Átti fyrirfram von á því að sjá ákveðna aðila á meðal þeirra sem fjallað er um en þeir sem eru til umræðu hér eru fyrst og fremst kenningasmiðir og þeir sem þekktir eru fyrir áhrif sín á stefnumótun við strategíu á borð við Sun Tzu og von Clausewitz. Wilson tekur líka sérstaklega fyrir kenningar í sjó-, flug-, kjarnorku- og skæruliðahernaði og gagnaðgerðir þeirra svo dæmi sé te [...]

    3. This course goes through different famous strategic writers and introduce the principles they advocate and outlines case studies. The course covers several masters of strategy such as Machiavelli, Clausewitz and Sun Tzu. It also covers topics such as naval warfare, the use of air force and strategies related to terrorism and counter terrorism. The course discusses a number of case studies with big historical impact such as the Napoleonic Wars and WW2 Pacific War.

    4. It is difficult to understand strategy without first understanding the role of the strategos as the military general in athens. This course begins with a discussion of Thucydides philiosphy of strategy and how there needs to be a close link to the use of military force and political agendas. The great example being those of the Spartans that were able to easily defeat the Athenian army but did not have a particular political agenda. So they installed an oligarchy for government and had to fight [...]

    5. I'm not typically a war buff, but I absolutely loved this course. It's made me rethink what I think I know about war and about strategy in general. Wilson is also one of those talented lecturers who sounds better than most audiobook voices. Before I bought this on Audible, I read a review that said the course assumes you know a lot of war history. In some cases, Wilson does throw out battles I know nothing about as examples, but in most cases, he explains them. This happened, for this reason, an [...]

    6. This is a good primer on military strategy and war history. Going from the Peloponesian War to today's counter-terrorism strategy, it illustrates how strategy has evolved throughout human history. This got me interested in having a more thorough understanding of the book's themes. I found it enjoyable to listen to while playing video games, Andrew's narration is clear and very easy to follow.

    7. Being a minor history fan, battle, war fan i found this lovely. A great single dose of all the fun and gore of ancient battles.

    8. Military history and strategy is not exactly my comfort zone, but this series was excellent. Andrew Wilson broke down these ideas in a way that a beginner can understand it.

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