Prof. Azar Gat

Ph.D., Oxford University, 1986

Room number: 507

Tel. 972-3-6409541


Research Interests

War: its causes and evolution; military theory; strategy; nationalism

קורות חיים

Prof. Gat took his doctorate from the University of Oxford. He has been an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in Germany (three times: Freiburg, Munich, Constance), a Fulbright Fellow in the USA (Yale), a British Council Scholar in Britain (Oxford), a Visiting Fellow at the Mershon Center, The Ohio State University, the Goldman Visiting Israeli Professor at Georgetown, and the Koret distinguished Israeli Fellow at the Hoover Institute, Stanford.

 He was twice Chair of the Department (no School) of Political Science at Tel Aviv University (1999-2003, 2009-2013), and is the founder and head of the Executive Master's Program in Diplomacy and Security and the International MA in Security and Diplomacy at Tel Aviv. He is the incumbent of the Ezer Weitzman Chair for National Security.

In 2019 Professor Gat was awarded the EMET Prize in the fields of Political Science and Strategy. Granted under the auspices of the Prime Minister’s office, it is considered Israel’s highest scholarly prize.

He is a Major (res.) in the Israeli army.


תחומי מחקר

War: its causes and evolution; military theory; strategy; nationalism; ideology



The Origins of Military Thought from the Enlightenment to Clausewitz (Oxford UP, 1989)

The Development of Military Thought: The Nineteenth Century (Oxford UP, 1992)

Fascist and Liberal Visions of War: Fuller, Liddell Hart, Douhet, and Other Modernists (Oxford UP, 1998)

British Armour Theory and the Rise of the Panzer Arm: Revising the Revisionists (St Antony/Macmillan, 2000)

A History of Military Thought: From the Enlightenment to the Cold War (Oxford UP, 2001)

War in a Changing World, co-edited with Zeev Maoz (Michigan UP, 2001)

War in Human Civilization (Oxford UP, 2006); named one of the best books of the year by the times literary supplement (TLS).

Victorious and Vulnerable: Why Democracy Won in the 20th Century and How It Is still Imperiled (Hoover, 2009)

Nations: The Long History and Deep Roots of Political Ethnicity and Nationalism (Cambridge UP, 2013)

The Causes of War and the Spread of Peace: But Will War Rebound? (Oxford UP, 2017)

War and Strategy in the Modern World: From Blitzkrieg to Unconventional Terrorism, (collected articles; Routledge, 2018).  

Ideological Fixation: From the Stone Age to Today’s Culture Wars (Oxford UP, 2022).

His books have been translated into Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Greek, Turkish, and Hebrew.



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