This course is an introduction to strategic studies, which explores how military means are used to serve political ends. The syllabus is arranged both thematically and chronologically, focusing each week on a few key concepts while tracing the evolution of modern warfare since the late 19th century. Grading is based on the following: regular attendance and class participation (20%); two five-page writing assignments (20% each); and a final exam (40%). The reading load averages 175 pages per week, and students are required to purchase the following book: Carl von Clausewitz, On War, Michael Howard and Peter Paret, trans. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1984).