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Strategy: A History

Saturday 22 March 2014

1 Hour


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Professor of war studies and one of the world’s leading experts on strategy, Sir Lawrence Freedman, looks at the vast history of strategy and explains how it has come to pervade every aspect of our lives. Freedman ranges from the advanced strategy practised by primates, through the strategies of Achilles and Odysseus in The Iliad, to Machiavelli, Marx and the corporate strategy found in Peter Drucker and Alfred Sloan. Through it all, Freedman demonstrates that the biggest challenge to strategy is the unpredictability of our environment and the chance events that mean we rarely move from one predictable state to another.

Freedman is professor of war studies at King’s College, London. He was appointed official historian of the Falklands Campaign and served as a member of the official inquiry into Britain and the 2003 Iraq War. He has written extensively on nuclear strategy and the Cold War. His recent book, A Choice of Enemies: America Confronts the Middle East, won the 2009 Lionel Gelber Prize and Duke of Westminster Medal for Military Literature.