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The Four Greatest Strategic Military Thinkers in History

Andrew Wilson / U.S. Naval War College

Military strategy and tactic matter. Civilizations with the greatest strategist, as well as the greatest resources—have had a powerful edge over competing civilizations. From Napoleon’s revolutionary campaigns to the way 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.

This class gives you an inside look at the historical context of the world’s greatest military and war strategists of all time. Taught by Professor Andrew R. Wilson, who serves on the faculty of the elite U.S. Naval War College, this lecture will transform you into a military thinker and will change the way you read newspaper headlines by instilling in you a new appreciation for the subtleties and complexities of strategy.

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Dr. Andrew R. Wilson is Professor of Strategy and Policy at the United States Naval War College in Newport, RI. He received a B.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and earned his Ph.D. in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University. An award-winning professor and an expert in both military history and strategic theory, Professor Wilson has lectured on Asian military history, the classics of strategic theory, Chinese military modernization, and Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, among other topics.

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