In strategic studies and international relations, grand strategy is a frequently-invoked concept. Yet, despite its popularity, it is t well understood and it has many definitions, some of which are even mutually contradictory. This state of affairs undermines its usefulness for scholars and practitioners alike. Lukas Milevski aims to remedy this situation by offering a conceptual history of grand strategy in the English language, analysing its evolution from 1805 to the present day in the writings of its major proponents. In doing so, he seeks to clarify the meaning and role of the concept, both theoretically and practically, and shed light on its continuing utility today.
Lukas Milevski is a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford's Changing Character of War Programme, and is a Smith Richardson Strategy and Policy Fellow. He received his PhD from the University of Reading in 2014, and he is the author of numerous articles the on historical and contemporary practice and theory of strategy. He received the 2010 RUSI Trench Gascoigne Essay Competition first prize as one of the youngest winners in its history.