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War, the State and Society II - JPM600
Anglický název: War, the State and Society II
Zajišťuje: Katedra politologie (23-KP)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2019
Semestr: letní
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:2/0, Zk [HT]
Počet míst: 52 / neurčen (26)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst pro virtuální mobilitu: ne
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
při zápisu přednost, je-li ve stud. plánu
Garant: doc. PhDr. Jan Karlas, Ph.D., M.A.
Vyučující: RNDr. Jan Kofroň, Ph.D.
Třída: Courses for incoming students
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Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: RNDr. Jan Kofroň, Ph.D. (19.02.2020)


War the state and society II(previously ON WAR II) freely follows up on the course WSS I. It covers military issues after the 1st WW. The course debates the role of technological development on the strategic, operational and tactical levels. We will debate namely (i) factors of battlefield effectivity, (ii) societal predictors of ability to generate military power.

While the On WAR I. is focused rather on broader implications of war(fare) or on the strategic level of military operations, the course On War II is much more oriented toward the operational and tactical levels of war. In other words, we will focus on the issues directly connected with warfighting and affecting effectivity of military operations. 

Having said this, it does not, however, mean that we would not debate broader implications of war(fare) affecting for example conduct of international politics or state-building.


At the end of the semester students should be able to understand basic patterns present in modern wars and modern warfare (at the tactical, operational and strategic level). Students should be able to analyze the significance of recent (and some probable future) technological changes for the conduct of war. They should be able to analyze current conflicts and develop broader understanding of military tactics and operational arts, which has important implications for come IR theories (namely neo-realism).


Unlike other courses, the WSS II. does not have a classical exam at its end. Instead, students play an operational/strategic game that is structured by a theory of military effectivity.

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: RNDr. Jan Kofroň, Ph.D. (15.09.2013)

Key literature:

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BIDDLE, S. (1997): Victory misunderstood, What the Gulf War tells us about the future of

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Metody výuky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: RNDr. Jan Kofroň, Ph.D. (14.02.2023)

In 2023

the course will use Zoom platform (as a backup option for those who cannot attend in person).



Feb 14, 2023 05:00 PM Prague Bratislava

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917 9754 1127


checked Waiting Room

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Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: RNDr. Jan Kofroň, Ph.D. (14.02.2023)


1) The game - war simulation by the end of the semester (50 or 30 %) - you will play against your pears (+ against layman?)

2) Group task

3) In-class activity 20%


4) Empirical essay (5 k words) 20 % for those who opt for 30%  value of game performance.






Evaluation is performed in accordance to the Dean’s Provision.

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: RNDr. Jan Kofroň, Ph.D. (21.02.2023)

 ON WAR II. (2nd semester)


1) Organization, deadlines, demands, and a brief outline of the course. 


Blok I: Sources of battlefield effectiveness; or how to win a battle


•2) Air support, when and how it is effective? -Strategic bombing (Haun, Jackson 2016) -Tactical bombing - air support (Press 2001)

•3) Technology and RMA - hot air or the key variable? Precision guided munition, its effects (Mearsheimer 1983) -Information-based warfare (Krepinevitch 1994), UAV (Horowitz 2016)

•4) Force employment - an alternative to technological theories? -The theory (Biddle 2004) -Operation Goodwood (Biddle 2004) -Desert Storm (Biddle 1996)  

5) Building Biddle´s model (excel)


Block II: Generating military might - broader socio-political factors  

•6) Dictatorial regimes - ultimate threat or paper tigers? (Talmadge 2015) -Personalist regimes

•7) Helping now, hurting in the long run; effects of military assistance on the military power of small powers (Talmadge 2015) -South Vietnam -Iraq Group Assignment

•8) Political and Societal sources of battlefield performance -Economic development (Beckley 2010) -Political/Social/Class cohesion  8) Analyzing military expenditures within NATO   •9) THA presentations/discussion   •10) Revising Biddle's model   •11) Hybrid and asymmetric warfare - what is so novel? -Lebanon 2006 Case (Biddle, Friedman2008) -Afghanistan 2002-? (Biddle 2005)


Assesing Russo-Ukrainian war

9) Russian regime and Russian society vs. Ukrainian regime and Ukrainian Society

10) Russian Army vs. Ukrainian Army

11) Russian invasion, alternative scenarios, and future developments

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