The Evolution of Modern Grand Strategic Thought

ISBN : 9780198779773

Lukas Milevski
192 Pages
153 x 234 mm
Pub date
May 2016
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In strategic studies and international relations, grand strategy is a frequently-invoked concept. Yet, despite its popularity, it is not well understood and it has many definitions, some of which are even mutually contradictory. This state of affairs undermines its usefulness for scholars and practitioners alike. Lukas Milevski aims to remedy this situation by offering a conceptual history of grand strategy in the English language, analysing its evolution from 1805 to the present day in the writings of its major proponents. In doing so, he seeks to clarify the meaning and role of the concept, both theoretically and practically, and shed light on its continuing utility today.


Introduction, or the Mythology of Grand Strategy
Part 1: Early Grand Strategic Thought
1 Antediluvian Grand Strategic Thought
2 The Maritime Origins of Modern Grand Strategic Thought
3 Grand Strategy as British Reactions to Great Wars
4 Grand Strategy as American Reactions to Great Wars
Part 2: The Fall and Rise of Grand Strategy
5 Cold War Strategic Thought and Grand Strategy
6 Grand Strategic Thought Eclipsed
7 The Reemergence of Grand Strategic Thought
8 Post-Cold War Grand Strategic Thought
Conclusion, or Thinking Theoretically About Grand Strategy

About the author: 

Lukas Milevski is a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford's Changing Character of War Programme, and is a Smith Richardson Strategy and Policy Fellow. He received his PhD from the University of Reading in 2014, and he is the author of numerous articles the on historical and contemporary practice and theory of strategy. He received the 2010 RUSI Trench Gascoigne Essay Competition first prize as one of the youngest winners in its history.

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