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Recommended Reading List

This reading list has been constructed to support our college’s understanding that professional reading has been very important part of the military culture and it plays an essential role in the professional development of each officer and civil servant. The books selected have been divided into a few categories that correspond to the educational aims of the Baltic Defence College. The titles selected will definitely serve to inspire you to spend more time on extending your knowledge.


Politics and War | History | Leadership | Military Studies


Politics and War

Nora Vanaga and Toms Rostoks, editors

Deterring Russia in Europe: Defence Strategies for Neighbouring States

Publication date: 2019

Also available as an e-book


Michael C. Horowitz

The Diffusion of Military Power: Causes and Consequences for International Politics

Publication date: 2010

Also available as an e-book


Jente Althuis and Leonie Haiden

Fake News: A Roadmap

Publication date: 2018

Also available online


Michael Walzer

Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations

Publication date: 2006

Barry Buzan, Ole Wæver and Jaap de Wilde

Security: A New Framework for Analysis

Publication date: 1998

David Patrikarakos

War in 140 Characters: How Social Media is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-first Century

Publication date: 2017

Lukas Milevski

The West’s East: Contemporary Baltic Defense in Strategic Perspective

Publication date: 2018

Also available as an e-book



MacGregor Knox and Williamson Murray, editors

The Dynamics of Military Revolution

Publication date: 2001

Williamson Murray and Allan R. Millett, editors

Military Innovation in the Interwar Period

Publication date: 1996

Peter Frankopan

Silk Roads: A New History of the World

Publication date: 2018


Keith Grint

Leadership, Management and Command: Rethinking D-Day

Publication date: 2001

Stanley McChrystal

Team of Teams: New Rules of engagement for a Complex World

Publication date: 2015

Military Studies

Martin Van Creveld

The Changing Face of War: Lessons of Combat, from the Marne to Iraq

Publication date: 2006



Gregory Conti and David Raymond

On Cyber: Towards an Operational Art for the Cyber Conflict

Publication date: 2017



Peter Singer and Allan Friedman

Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know

Publication date: 2014



John Andreas Olsen, editor

A History of Air Warfare

Publication date: 2010

Also available as an e-book


Michael I. Handel, editor

Intelligence and Military Operations

Publication date: 1990



William G. Pagonis and Jeffrey L. Cruikshank

Moving Mountains: Lessons in Leadership and Logistics from the Gulf War

Publication date: 1992



David Kilcullen

Out of the Mountains: the Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla

Publication date: 2013



Geoffrey Till

Seapower: a Guide for the Twenty-First Century

Publication date: 2018

Also available as an e-book


William Harry McRaven

Spec Ops: Case Studies in Special Operations Warfare: Theory and Practice

Publication date: 1996



Ofer Friedman

Russian 'Hybrid Warfare': Resurgence and Politiciation

Publication date: 2018

Also available as an e-book


Bettina Renz

Russia's Military Revival

Publication date: 2018



Christopher Tuck

Understanding Land Warfare

Publication date: 2014
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