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Since the beginning of civilization, humans have devised multi-step plans to achieve greater ends, and as history progressed plans became ever more elaborate. Short-term tactics evolved into longer-term strategies.
In a magisterial new work Strategy: A History Sir Lawrence Freedman, one of the world's leading authorities on war and international politics, synthesizes the vast history of strategy's evolution, and provides a revealing and surprising account of how it came to encroach upon every aspect of life.
Today, we regularly apply the concept not just to military affairs and business culture, where it is most pervasive, but to virtually every sector of society - and even to our individual relationships.
Join Lawrence Freedman at the RSA to explore strategy’s increasing ubiquity, and to find out what it really is – and what it can do for us.
Speaker: Sir Lawrence Freedman, professor of War Studies, King's College London and author of Strategy: A History (OUP)
Chair: Matthew Taylor, chief executive, RSA
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