This course is intended to expose students to the field of strategic thought. It begins with an examination of what strategy means and the key factors which influence strategy and strategic choice. Special attention is paid to the impact that geography, ideology, bureaucracy, economics, and domestic politics have on how individual leaders think about strategic options and make strategic decisions. It then introduces students to the field of competitive strategy, which is used as a framework for the rest of the course. The course concludes with a series of case studies, ranging from classical Greece to the present day.