CLA 136 — The Art of War, Part II: Modern Times
While reading these three texts, we will pay particular attention to discontinuities from ancient authors and the relevance of military doctrines to modern social and political life in the West.
This course is the second in The Art of War series. While the courses build upon one another, each course can be taken independently as well.
Christopher Krebs studied Classics and philosophy in Berlin and Kiel and at the University of Oxford, and taught at Harvard. He is the author of A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus’s Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Writings of Julius Caesar.
Associate Professor of Classics, Stanford
Textbooks for this course:
(Required) Niccolò Machiavelli and Christopher Lynch (trans.), Art of War (ISBN 978-0226500461)
(Required) Carl von Clausewitz, Michael Eliot Howard (trans.), On War (ISBN 978-0691018546)
(Required) Ernst Jünger, Basil Creighton (trans.), The Storm of Steel (ISBN 978-1696237727)
(Recommended) John M. Najemy (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Machiavelli (ISBN 978-0521678469)
(Recommended) Michael Howard, Clausewitz: A Very Short Introduction (ISBN 978-0192802576)