边界与海洋研究
  • Comparative Grand Strategy and Military Doctrine
  • 授课教师: Prof. Barry Posen
  • 授课机构:Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT)
  • 课程层次:Graduate
  • 课程时间:Fall 2004
  • 授课语言:English
  • 课程地址:
课程简介 教师简介

  This course will conduct a comparative study of the grand strategies of the great powers (Britain, France, Germany and Russia) competing for mastery of Europe from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Grand strategy is the collection of political and military means and ends with which a state attempts to achieve security. We will examine strategic developments in the years preceding World Wars I and II, and how those developments played themselves out in these wars. The following questions will guide the inquiry: What is grand strategy and what are its critical aspects? What recurring factors have exerted the greatest influence on the strategies of the states selected for study? How may the quality of a grand strategy be judged? What consequences seem to follow from grand strategies of different types? A second theme of the course is methodological. We will pay close attention to how comparative historical case studies are conducted.