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Professor Andrew R. Wilson, Ph.D.

Professor Andrew R. Wilson
  • U.S. Naval War College
  • Harvard University
Who are our masters of war? Paradoxically some of the great works of theory come not from the victors, but from the vanquished. The lessons of failure are often far more powerful, more enduring.
Dr. Andrew R. Wilson is Professor of Strategy and Policy at the United States Naval War College in Newport, RI. He received a B.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and earned his Ph.D. in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University. An award-winning professor and an expert in both military history and strategic theory, Professor Wilson has lectured on Asian military history, the classics of strategic theory, Chinese military modernization, and Sun Tzu's The Art of War, among other topics. Prior to joining the Naval War College, he taught Chinese history at Wellesley College and at Harvard University. Additionally, he has been invited to speak at numerous military colleges and universities in the United States. Professor Wilson is the author of numerous articles on Chinese military history, Chinese sea power, and Sun Tzu's The Art of War. His books include Ambition and Identity: Chinese Merchant-Elites in Colonial Manila, 1885-1916; The Chinese in the Caribbean; China's Future Nuclear Submarine Force; and War, Virtual War and Society. He has lectured on strategic theory and international security in nearly two dozen countries and six continents, and he has contributed to the curriculum of military colleges all over the world. The views expressed in this course are those of the professor and do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.
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"Professor Wilson is an excellent guide: his lectures are well-crafted and delivered in a clear and easily understandable manner, and are supplemented by a great number of useful visuals."

 

"Professor Wilson's ease of delivery made complicated theory and densely packed history not only accessible, but resonant."

 

"Professor Wilson manages what every great teacher targets:  to intelligently synthesize information, to present it in an engaging and understandable manner, to provoke thought, and to make you want to learn more. Great course, great teacher."

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19 Courses and Sets

  1. The Art of War

    The Art of War

    Andrew R. Wilson
    4.1 out of 5
    72% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (51)
    Starting at $69.95 Starting at $69.95 $84.95 $69.95$84.95
    As a landmark achievement in the evolution of strategic thought, Sun Tzu’s The Art of War has had a powerful and lasting influence on military strategy around the globe. So universal and timeless are its tactics for pursuing a competitive advantage that some of the most notable people in government, sports, and the entertainment world have all quoted from its nearly 2500-year-old pages. Through a precise,...
  2. Masters of War: History's Greatest Strategic Thinkers Sale

    Masters of War: History's Greatest Strategic Thinkers

    Andrew R. Wilson
    4.5 out of 5
    85% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (82)
    Save up to $195.00 Starting at $24.95 $59.95 $24.95$59.95
    Military strategy matters. Civilizations with the greatest strategists-often coupled with the greatest resources-have had a powerful edge over competing civilizations. From Napoleon's revolutionary campaigns to the way insurgency, terrorism, and nuclear weaponry have defined the nature of warfare in the 21st century, the results of military strategy have changed the course of history. Masters of War: History's...
  3. Understanding Imperial China: Dynasties, Life, and Culture Sale

    Understanding Imperial China: Dynasties, Life, and Culture

    Andrew R. Wilson
    4.3 out of 5
    85% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (7)
    Save up to $190.00 Starting at $34.95 $79.95 $34.95$79.95
    A knowledge of China’s majestic empire is essential for any understanding of its present. In this course, you’ll discover what daily life was like for government bureaucrats, for scholars, for women of the court, for soldiers, merchants, craftspeople, emperors, concubines, poets, farmers, and many others—all set against the backdrop of the richness, the diversity, the genius, and the splendor of imperial China.
  4. 36 Books That Changed the World Collection

    36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    3.4 out of 5
    63% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (11)
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $199.95 $199.95$199.95
    Since the development of written language, books have played major roles in the world: Entertaining. Instructing. Inspiring. Even changing the course of history. Now, with 36 Books That Changed the World, a fascinating Great Courses Collection crafted from our extensive library of courses, take a riveting tour of the profound impact of books from thousands of years of history and from civilizations around the globe.
  5. (Set) Masters of War & Art of Critical Decision Making Set

    (Set) Masters of War & Art of Critical Decision Making

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Examine how decisions are made in the realms of business, warfare, and beyond with this thought-provoking two-course set. First, in Masters of War: History's Greatest Strategic Thinkers, you'll get an inside look at the thought process and historical context of the world's greatest war strategists. Then, in The Art of Critical Decision Making, you'll explore how individuals, groups, and organizations make effective...
  6. (Set) The Art of War & Espionage and Covert Operations: A Global History   Set

    (Set) The Art of War & Espionage and Covert Operations: A Global History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.90 Starting at $199.90 $264.90 $199.90$264.90
    Delve into the ways governments and militaries have thwarted enemies throughout the ages in this fascinating two-course set. The Art of War reveals how Sun Tzu's landmark 2500-year-old military guide to gaining a competitive advantage remains highly relevant in the information age. Espionage and Covert Operations: A Global History lets you peer inside a subject most of us are unaware of with a survey of how world...
  7. (Set) Masters of War & Strategic Thinking Skills Set

    (Set) Masters of War & Strategic Thinking Skills

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Learn to think more strategically in business and your own life with this two-course set. First, in Masters of War: History's Greatest Strategic Thinkers, you'll get an inside look at the thought process and historical context of the world's greatest war strategists. Then, with Strategic Thinking Skills, you'll find a comprehensive guide to the skills, tactics, techniques, tools, case studies, and lessons behind the...
  8. (Set) War and World History & Masters of War Set

    (Set) War and World History & Masters of War

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
  9. (Set) Masters of War & The World Was Never the Same Set

    (Set) Masters of War & The World Was Never the Same

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Take a closer look at the minds and events that changed the direction of history with this insightful two-course set. Masters of War: History's Greatest Strategic Thinkers gives you an inside look at both the content and historical context of the world's finest war strategists. The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History offers an intriguing tour of history, from the creation of the Code of Hammurabi...
  10. (Set) Masters of War & Great Battles of the Ancient World Set

    (Set) Masters of War & Great Battles of the Ancient World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Investigate military strategy, tactics, and weaponry from ancient times through the modern day with this two-course set. First, Masters of War: History's Greatest Strategic Thinkers gives you an inside look at the thought process and historical context of the world's greatest war strategists. Then, Great Battles of the Ancient World takes you into the thick of combat in some of the most notable battles fought in the...
  11. (Set) Masters of War & History of Hitler's Empire Set

    (Set) Masters of War & History of Hitler's Empire

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $454.90 $219.90$454.90
    Investigate the legacies of individuals who, for good or ill, shaped history through warfare in this thought-provoking two- course set. In Masters of War: History's Greatest Strategic Thinkers, you'll explore both the content and historical context of the world's finest war strategists. And in A History of Hitler's Empire, 2nd Edition, you'll get answers to two burning issues that have nagged humankind for more than...
  12. (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World Set

    (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $399.90 $399.90$399.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Start by exploring 36 revolutionary figures that have changed the course of history. Then, dive into 36 books that have played a central role in shaping our culture – from entertaining and instructing to shaping our social mores.
  13. (Set) Understanding Imperial China & Foundations of Eastern Civilization Set

    (Set) Understanding Imperial China & Foundations of Eastern Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $789.90 $399.90$789.90
    As you’ll learn in this two-course set, Eastern civilization has a fascinating story, with consequences that matter deeply to our lives today. Explore China’s majestic empire through the lives of imperial subjects, from courtiers and poets to merchants, scholars, and courtesans in Understanding Imperial China: Dynasties, Life, and Culture. And, take a grand journey to explore the big accomplishments of Eastern...
  14. (Set) History’s Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach & Masters of War Set on sale

    (Set) History’s Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach & Masters of War

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $409.00 Starting at $48.90 $115.90 $48.90$115.90
    If we don’t learn from our mistakes, we are destined to repeat them. That idea to the next level with this two-course set: History’s Great Military Blunders exposes how simple errors of foresight and judgment can change history, while Masters of War gives insight into some of history’s most brilliant military minds, the favorable and challenging situations they faced, and the lessons we can learn from them.
  15. (Set) Understanding Imperial China & Masters of War Set

    (Set) Understanding Imperial China & Masters of War

    Andrew R. Wilson
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    View history under a new lens with this two-course set. Discover the breathtaking story of China’s empire through the eyes of poets, courtiers, emperors, scholars, travelers, and courtesans with Understanding Imperial China: Dynasties, Life, and Culture. And, get an inside look at both the content and historical context of the world’s greatest war strategists in Masters of War: History’s Greatest Strategic...
  16. (Set) The Decisive Battles of World History & Masters of War Set

    (Set) The Decisive Battles of World History & Masters of War

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Grasp how specific battles as well as the battle plans of brilliant military strategists turned the tide of warfare and, in turn, global history in this fascinating course set. Start with The Decisive Battles of World History to explore military engagements throughout 4,000 years of history that determined the fate of entire civilizations, regions, and continents. Then turn to Masters of War: History’s...
  17. (Set) Understanding Imperial China & The Other Side of History Set on sale

    (Set) Understanding Imperial China & The Other Side of History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $602.00 Starting at $75.90 $187.90 $75.90$187.90
    Talk a walk through history from a new perspective with this two-course set. Discover what daily life was like in China’s majestic empire with Understanding Imperial China: Dynasties, Life, and Culture. Then, get a vivid glimpse into the real world of the past with The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World by following the so-called ordinary people.
  18. (Set) Understanding Imperial China & Fall and Rise of China Set

    (Set) Understanding Imperial China & Fall and Rise of China

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $789.90 $399.90$789.90
    Delve into the fascinating history of a world power with this two-course set. Travel to the splendor of China’s great empire and learn about a pivotal period of time that shaped the culture of this great nation in Understanding Imperial China: Dynasties, Life, and Culture. Then, examine the country in more modern times with The Fall and Rise of China, which weaves together the richly diverse developments and...
  19. (Set) Understanding Imperial China & A History of India Set

    (Set) Understanding Imperial China & A History of India

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $369.90 Starting at $369.90 $654.90 $369.90$654.90
    Delve into the rich and nuanced histories of two influential cultures with this two-course set. Discover the breathtaking story of China’s empire through the eyes of poets, courtiers, emperors, scholars, travelers, and courtesans in Understanding Imperial China: Dynasties, Life, and Culture. And, take a breathtaking survey of South Asia from its earliest societies along the Indus and Ganges rivers through the...
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