Author: Carl Von Clausewitz

Publisher: The Floating Press

ISBN: 1775419266

Category: History

Page: 342

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The works of German military historian and theorist Carl von Clausewitz continue to be ranked among the finest examples of the genre. His surprisingly complex conceptions of war are still studied by military strategists. In On War, Clausewitz draws on his experiences in and observations of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars to develop a number of key ideas that still play a role in the planning and execution of military operations today.
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The Woman Behind the Making of on War

Author: Vanya Eftimova Bellinger

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0190225432

Category: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Page: 312

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"The marriage between Carl von Clausewitz and Countess Marie von Breuhl was an unlikely partnership. A wealthy, cultured, politically-literate but plain woman with interests of her own, Marie's marriage to a less-fortunate, then-unknown officer in 1810 did not make sense by most accounts. But their relationship was forged by a love for each other, a deep sense of trust, and a meeting of the minds over common interests, one that would shape Clausewitz' opus, On War. Marie von Clausewitz is the first biography to shed light on Marie's illustrious life before she met Clausewitz and how she used her refined upbringing and social insights to inform his thoughts on warfare and politics. A newly-discovered archive of correspondence reveals details of their relationship and the extent of Marie's imprint on the theories that eventually comprised On War, from their courtship to the days of the Napoleonic War. This was a partnership - in the truest sense of the word, atypical for its time - and a form of continuing education for Clausewitz. The two came to a 'collaborative opinion' on many topics, from the moral implications of war to the emotional constitution required of an extraordinary person to affect change. Bellinger shows how Marie, a highly educated woman of Prussia's upper echelon, broadened Clausewitz's understanding of the cultural and political processes of the time; provided him with insights into the practical side of daily politics; sharpened his writing style; and served as the catalyst for his ideas. Marie added insight from the perspective of a spouse and caretaker, close enough to the battle to observe the physical and emotional effects of combat. The issues that Marie raised about the difficulties of war, such as social isolation and treatment of veterans, will resonate with readers today. Marie von Clausewitz sheds light on an extraordinary life and mind, offering compelling insights into class and gender in 19th century Europe and a seminal text in military history"--
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A Biography

Author: Hew Strachan

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802143631

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 238

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Perhaps the most important book on military strategy ever written, Carl von Clausewitz’s On War has influenced generations of generals and politicians, has been blamed for the unprecedented death tolls in the First and Second World Wars, and is required reading at military academies to this day. But On War, which was never finished and was published posthumously, is obscure and fundamentally contradictory. What Clausewitz declares in book 1, he discounts in book 8. The language is confusing and the relevance not always clear. It is an extremely difficult book for the general reader to approach, to reconcile with itself, and to place in context. Hew Strachan, one of the world’s foremost military historians answers these problems. He explains how and why On War was written, elucidates what Clausewitz meant, and offers insight into the book’s continuing significance. This is a must read for fans of military history.
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A modern-day interpretation of a strategy classic

Author: Andrew Holmes

Publisher: Infinite Ideas

ISBN: 1908189614

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 120

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In Carl von Clausewitz’s On War Andrew Holmes illustrates the timeless nature of von Clausewitz’s insights by bringing them to life with modern case studies. His brilliant interpretation of On War unlocks von Clausewitz’s methodology to provide readers with all the tools they need to develop irresistible business strategies.
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A New Approach to On War

Author: Jon Tetsuro Sumida

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 234

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A pathbreaking critique of the thought of military studies icon Carl Phillip Gottfried von Clausewitz and his magnum opus On War that illuminates why and how that work should be viewed as much more mature, coherent, innovative, and complete than suggested by previous accounts.
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Author: Carl von Clausewitz

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400837405

Category: History

Page: 752

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On War is the most significant attempt in Western history to understand war, both in its internal dynamics and as an instrument of policy. Since the work's first appearance in 1832, it has been read throughout the world, and has stimulated generations of soldiers, statesmen, and intellectuals.
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Author: Thomas Waldman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317000455

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 216

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Today, the ideas of Carl von Clausewitz (1780-1831) are employed almost ubiquitously in strategic studies, military history and defence literatures, but often in a manner which distorts their true meaning. In this book, Waldman explores Clausewitz’s central theoretical device for understanding war - the ’remarkable trinity’ of politics, chance and passion. By situating the great Prussian in historical context, he presents a conception truer to Clausewitz’s intention. Seeking to achieve this through an in-depth reinterpretation of On War and Clausewitz’s other writings, conducted through the prism of the trinity, this book draws on existing studies but argues that there is room for clarification. It presents fresh perspectives into aspects of Clausewitz's thought and emphasises elements of his theory that have often been neglected. Furthermore, it provides a solid basis from which debate on the nature of modern war can move forward.
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His Life and Work

Author: Donald Stoker

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199357943

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 354

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The classical distinctions between strategy," "operations," and "tactics" in warfare derive from two basic sources - Carl von Clausewitz and Antoine-Henri de Jomini, both veterans of the Napoleonic wars who translated their experiences into books outlining general precepts about the nature and rules of military engagement. Nearly two centuries after the publication of these works, Jomini has been all but forgotten, but Clausewitz's On War remains perhaps the most significant work of military theory ever written. He has become a global brand, one constantly refreshed by a flow of books and articles debating his ideas and arguing what he truly meant in various passages of On War. The masterwork appears in an array of translations sweeping from Arabic to Vietnamese. Military staff colleges the world over use Clausewitz's text, largely to prepare their officers for staff positions and higher command. Military historian Donald Stoker here offers an incisive biography of Carl von Clausewitz, sketching out his life and career and exploring the various causes that led to the formulation of his theories about war. Though On War remained unfinished at the time of his death in 1831, Clausewitz's devoted wife, Marie, organized the papers he had left behind and arranged for their publication. The ten volumes of Clausewitz's collected works appeared from 1832-1837, with On War encompassing the first three volumes. Stoker considers both the merits and detriments of the works, but also pays careful attention to the life and experiences of Clausewitz himself. In doing so, he notes that those discussing Clausewitz's legacy as a theorist today have largely forgotten what was most important to him: being a soldier, and one of renown. Clausewitz is often remembered merely as staff officer, someone pushing papers and not in the midst of battle. Though Stoker notes that Clausewitz certainly spilled his share of ink, he also spilled blood - his as well as that of the enemy. He experienced the mass warfare of his age at its most intense and visceral. He knew what it was like to be wounded, to be a prisoner, to have friends killed and wounded, to suffer hunger and thirst, and to have the heat and cold try to kill him after the enemy's best efforts had failed. Success on the field of battle - success meaning victory as well as distinguishing one's self above one's comrades, who are also brave and daring men - this, Stoker shows, is what drove Clausewitz. Stoker also considers the continuing relevance of Clausewitz's work today, particularly focusing on its effect on strategic thinking in American foreign policy. The result is a brilliant reassessment of both the man and his legacy, one that adds to our understanding of Clausewitz and his place in today's military and political landscape."
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Inspiration and Insight from a Master Strategist

Author: Tiha von Ghyczy,Bolko von Oetinger,Christopher Bassford

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0471198706

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

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Author: Karl Von Clausewitz

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 0375754776

Category: History

Page: 984

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Contains the 6th century B.C. Chinese commander's classic work on the art of warfare, the relationship between war and politics, and diplomacy, and the Prussian soldier's classic work on the nature of war and the conditions which require it.
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Author: James W. Davis

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198737130

Category: Military history

Page: 264

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Carl von Clausewitz's book On War is one of the most widely read and cited studies of armed conflict. However, many of his writings on the subject of warfare are not well known because they have never been translated. This book contains the first English-language translation of Clausewitz's Lectures on Small War held at the Prussian War Academy in 1810 and 1811 as well as other works devoted to the analysis of small unit warfare. Anyoneinterested in understanding the dynamics of insurgencies, guerrilla war, and asymmetric conflict as well as the evolution of Clausewitz's thinking on war will want to read this book.
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The Political Theory of War

Author: Andreas Herberg-Rothe

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191607061

Category: Political Science

Page: 202

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Blending detailed contextual analysis with issues in modern-day international relations this book provides a major new analysis of the theory of Clausewitz and its relevance to contemporary society. This book argues that Clausewitz developed a wide-ranging political theory of war by reflecting on the success, the limitations, and the failure of Napoleon's method of waging war, a theory, which is still relevant in light of contemporary conflict. This new interpretation is the result of reflecting on Clausewitz's theory in light of the new developments and lays down the foundation of a general theory of war by concentrating on Clausewitz's historical analyses of war campaigns. For the first time analysis of three paradigmatic military campaigns is placed at the centre of understanding surrounding Clausewitz's 'On War': The author argues that the limitations of Napoleon's strategy, as revealed in Russia and in his final defeat, enabled Clausewitz to develop a general theory of war. This book is a project of the Oxford Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War.
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Politics and Strategy in Liberia and Somalia

Author: Isabelle Duyvesteyn

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135764832

Category: History

Page: 200

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Oil, diamonds, timber, food aid - just some of the suggestions put forward as explanations for African wars in the past decade. Another set of suggestions focuses on ethnic and clan considerations. These economic and ethnic or clan explanations contend that wars are specifically not fought by states for political interests with mainly conventional military means, as originally suggested by Carl von Clausewitz in the 19th century. This study shows how alternative social organizations to the state can be viewed as political actors using war as a political instrument.
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Carl Von Clausewitz and People's War

Author: Sibylle Scheipers

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198799047

Category:

Page: 192

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The book introduces a fresh perspective on Carl von Clausewitz's thoughts on small war. Clausewitz is a central figure in both the academic field of strategic studies and the practice of military education worldwide. Clausewitz was so far mostly interpreted as the paradigmatic thinker of major interstate war. As a result, a number of scholars have argued that his work is no longer relevant to war and strategy in the twenty-first century, which is supposedly theera of small wars. However, the book shows that Clausewitz's theory of war originated in his analysis of small wars. Yet this does not mean that we can glean ready-made principles for small war fromClausewitz. On the contrary, we have to interpret him against the historical and intellectual backdrop of context, which is fundamentally different from the strategic context of the West today.
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The Man, His Theories, and His Times

Author: Peter Paret

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691131306

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 467

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Originally published in 1976, Clausewitz and the State presents a comprehensive analysis of one of the significant thinkers of modern Europe. Peter Paret combines social and military history and psychological interpretation with a study of Clausewitz's military theories and of his unduly neglected historical and political writing. This timely new edition includes a preface which allows Paret to recount the past thirty years of discussion on Clausewitz and respond to critics. A companion volume to Clausewitz's On War, this book is indispensable to anyone interested in Clausewitz and his theories, and their proper historical context.
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Author: Sun Tzu,Niccolo Machiavelli,Carl Von Clausewitz

Publisher: Engage Books

ISBN: 9781772262155

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 914

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The three most fundamental works on the nature of war are Sun Tzu's "The Art of War," Machiavelli's "The Prince," and Clausewitz's "On War." This collection is the ultimate guide to military strategy for strategic thinkers, generals, and heads of state. This edition is limited to 1,000 copies. "The Art of War" is an ancient Chinese military treatise by Sun Tzu, a high-ranking military general, strategist and tactician. It has had an influence on Eastern and Western military thinking, business tactics, legal strategy and beyond. "The Prince" examines the reasons that Kings, Emperors, Dukes and governments have thrived or crumbled, while suggesting a set of principles that any leader would find difficult to follow, but impossible to ignore. "On War" is a book on military strategy by Prussian general Carl von Clausewitz, written mostly after the Napoleonic wars. It is one of the most important treatises on political-military analysis and strategy ever written, and remains both controversial and an influence on strategic thinking.
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German Military Thinkers Before the Great War

Author: Antulio Joseph Echevarria

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 346

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The writings of Carl von Clausewitz loom so large in the annals of military theory that they obscure the substantial contributions of thinkers who came after him. This is especially true for those German theorists who wrote during the half century preceding World War I. However, as Antulio Echevarria argues, although none of those thinkers approached Clausewitz's stature, they were nonetheless theorists of considerable vision. The Kaiser's theorists have long been portrayed as narrow-minded thinkers rigidly attached to an outmoded way of war, little altered since Napoleon's time. According to this view, they ignored or simply failed to understand how industrialization and modernization had transformed the conduct of war. They seemed unaware of how numerous advances in technology and weaponry had so increased the power of the defensive that decisive victory had become virtually impossible. But Echevarria disputes this traditional view and convincingly shows that these theorists—Boguslawski, Goltz, Schlieffen, Hoenig, and their American and European counterparts-were not the architects of outmoded theories. In fact, they duly appreciated the implications of the vast advances in modern weaponry (as well as in transportation and communications) and set about finding solutions that would restore offensive maneuver to the battlefield. Among other things, they underscored the emerging need for synchronizing concentrated firepower with rapid troop movements, as well as the necessity of a decentralized command scheme in order to cope with the greater tempo, lethality, and scope of modern warfare. In effect, they redefined the essential relations among the combined arms of infantry, artillery, and cavalry Echevarria goes on to suggest that attempts to apply new military theories and doctrine were uneven due to deficiencies in training and an overall lack of interest in theory among younger officers. It is this failure of application, more than the theories themselves, that are responsible for the ruinous slaughter of World War I.
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Author: Michael Howard

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191604488

Category: Political Science

Page: 96

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Karl von Clausewitz's study On War was described by the American strategic thinker Bernard Brodie as 'not simply the greatest, but the only great book about war'. It is hard to disagree. Even though he wrote his only major work at a time when the range of firearms was fifty yards, much of what he had to say remains relevant today. Michael Howard explains Clausewitz's ideas in terms both of his experiences as a professional soldier in the Napoleonic Wars, and of the intellectual background of his time. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Author: Carl von Clausewitz

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486136256

Category: History

Page: 96

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DIVThe most cited, most controversial, and most modern book on warfare. The author examines moral and psychological aspects of war: courage, audacity, self-sacrifice, the importance of morale and public opinion, more. /div
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A Critique of Waterloo

Author: Carl von Clausewitz

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806185392

Category: History

Page: 272

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The Battle of Waterloo has been studied and dissected so extensively that one might assume little more on the subject could be discovered. Now historian Peter Hofschröer brings forward a long-repressed commentary written by Carl von Clausewitz, the author of On War. Clausewitz, the Western world’s most renowned military theorist, participated in the Waterloo campaign as a senior staff officer in the Prussian army. His appraisal, offered here in an up-to-date and readable translation, criticized the Duke of Wellington’s actions. Lord Liverpool sent his translation of the manuscript to Wellington, who pronounced it a “lying work.” The translated commentary was quickly buried in Wellington’s private papers, where it languished for a century and a half. Now published for the first time in English, Hofschröer brings Clausewitz’s critique back into view with thorough annotation and contextual explanation. Peter Hofschröer, long recognized as a leading scholar of the Napoleonic Wars, shows how the Duke prevented the account’s publication during his lifetime—a manipulation of history so successful that almost two centuries passed before Clausewitz’s work reemerged, finally permitting a reappraisal of key events in the campaign. In addition to translating and annotating Clausewitz’s critique, Hofschröer also includes an order of battle and an extensive bibliography.
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