DHP H241: Grand Strategies in History: from the Greek City-States to America’s 21th Century Hegemony
This course examines the evolution of grand strategies over history, with a particular interest for the United States in the 20th and 21st centuries. First, it explores how the craft of grand strategy evolved over time, covering cases such as Greek city-states, the Roman Empire, and the British Empire. Second, it uses the US example to investigate the factors that underpin the formation of grand strategies (geopolitics, ideology, etc.), the domains in which these grand strategies are executed (military, economic, etc.), and their implications for key dimensions of national security (nuclear weapons, intelligence, etc.). Additionally, the course discusses the debates that have divided scholars and US policy-makers in the post-Cold War era. Along the way, it sheds light on the grand strategies of America’s main competitors - China and Russia - and on the distinct declinations of Washington’s grand strategy in key regions of the world.