The Politics of Warfare: Key Concepts in the History of Modern Military Thought

Tetiana Zemliakova, Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow, European University Institute

This course introduces students to the intellectual and political history of modern warfare. It studies the principal concepts of military theory and practice by probing their political genealogy and ideological descent. The classes are arranged around political writings that conceptualized modern warfare and episodes from recent military history that illustrate the employment of these concepts. The course mainly focuses on intellectual history and extensively uses methods and materials from military theory, international relations, comparative political science, social theory, and gender studies. During the course, students will closely read sources ranging from the Geneva Conventions to Che Guevara speeches, learn about the modern military history of Ukraine and Europe from leading researchers, and master the critical analysis of texts, debates, and events.