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Military Strategy: A Global History

About the Event

Strategy has existed as long as there has been organized conflict. In this installment of People, Politics, and Prose with Ron Granieri, FPRI Senior Fellow Jeremy Black will discuss his new book, Military Strategy: A Global History, and will explore the ever-changing relationship between purpose, force, implementation and effectiveness in military strategy, as well as its dramatic impact on the development of the global power system. 

Taking a ‘total’ view of strategy, Black looks at leading powers — notably the United States, China, Britain and Russia — in the wider context of their competition and their domestic and international strengths. Ranging from France’s Ancien Regime and Britain’s empire-building to present-day conflicts in the Middle East, Black devotes particular attention to the choices of the Kangxi Emperor, Clausewitz, Napoleon and Hitler.

People, Politics, and Prose with Ron Granieri is a new FPRI event series that will feature in-depth conversations with authors of recent books on international affairs and national security. Moderated by FPRI’s Ronald J. Granieri, each session will build on the book's contents to discuss the author's influences and motivations, relating everything to current events to elicit broader understanding of the geographical, political, and historical context of our contemporary world.



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Ronald J. Granieri

Ronald J. Granieri - Dr. Ronald J. Granieri is the Executive Director of FPRI’s Center for the Study of America and the West, and host of People, Politics, and Prose, a monthly series of events.

Jeremy Black

Jeremy Black - Jeremy Black is a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and a Professor of History at Exeter University in the UK. A prolific lecturer and writer, Black is the author of over 100 books and an expert on military, diplomatic, and cartographic history. The Society of Military History recognized Jeremy Black’s work in April 2008, presenting him with the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize for lifetime achievement.