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Institute for Military History and War Studies  

The Institute studies and teaches military history, war theory and the sociology of war.

We study the military history in order to analyze and understand military operation of the past from a contemporary perspective and to support the current needs of the Danish Defence.
We study military thinking and war theories from the perspective of both mastering the classical doctrines, but also by challenging and contrasting them with alternative and competing theories.
At the Institute for Military History and War Theory, military and non-military personnel work jointly in order to combine both perspectives in our research. Educating the public is of high priority to us, and the Institute’s researchers are often used as experts by the media.


Military history challenges and verify war theory, which again serves as the theoretical framework when analyzing military history.

The Institute’s focal points in terms of research are: 

  • Danish military history and Danish military thinking, with special emphasis on the Danish armed forces since 1945 
  • The history of warfare since 1800, and especially since 1939 with geographical emphasis on the Euro-Atlantic domain
  • The application of classic war theory on contemporary and future conflicts with special emphasis on its use in campaign planning and doctrinal development


The Institute provides education in war theory and military history for the officers and on the Master of Military Studies. The mandatory subjects are often taught in a combination, such as war history and tactics. In addition to these, the Institute also offers elective courses, on topics such as Conflicts in Africa, Development of doctrines from a historic perspective, and Russia’s use of military force since 1991.

Last updated 2017-03-21 - 15:13

Office hours

Mon. - Tues.:  8.00 - 16.00
Wed. - Fri.: 8.00 - 15.00


Royal Danish Defence College Institute for Military History and War Studies

Svanemoellen Baracks
DK-Ryvangs Allé 1
2100 Copenhagen
E-mail: fak@fak.dk
Tel: +45 7281 7000 


Press inquiries concerning the institutes research area can be directed to the media group

Tel: + 45 2553 3271