Clausewitz and the State: The Man, His Theories, and His Times

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Annales
Praise for the original edition: A rich, precise biography . . . that definitely fills a gap in the literature.
— Raymond Aron
English Historical Review
Praise for the original edition: A major scholarly achievement.
— T.C.W. Blanning
Annales - Raymond Aron
Praise for the original edition: A rich, precise biography . . . that definitely fills a gap in the literature.
English Historical Review - T.C.W. Blanning
Praise for the original edition: A major scholarly achievement.
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Praise for the original edition: "A rich, precise biography . . . that definitely fills a gap in the literature."—Raymond Aron, Annales

Praise for the original edition: A major scholarly achievement."—T.C.W. Blanning, English Historical Review

English Historical Review
Praise for the original edition: "A major scholarly achievement.
— T.C.W. Blanning
Annales
Praise for the original edition: "A rich, precise biography . . . that definitely fills a gap in the literature.
— Raymond Aron
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691131306
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 3/5/2007
  • Edition description: With a New preface by the author
  • Pages: 498
  • Sales rank: 919,240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Paret is Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies of the Institute for Advanced Study. He is the author of many books and coeditor of "Clausewitz's On War" (Princeton).

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Table of Contents


Preface to the 2007 Edition     v
Addendum to the Bibliography     ix
Introduction     3
Part I
Clausewitz's Prussia     13
The French Revolution     20
Garrison Life and the Perfectibility of Man     36
Scharnhorst's Mediation between Old and New     56
Early Writings     78
The Collapse of the Frederician State     98
Part II
Captivity and the Ideal of German Liberty     123
The Years of Reform     137
The Military Reformers     137
Studies in Policy and Theory     147
Fichte, Machiavelli, Pestalozzi     169
The Logic of Patriotism     209
Napoleon's Destruction     222
The Restoration     255
Coblenz     255
Knowledge and Personality     272
Political Writings     286
Berlin     307
The Major Historical and Theoretical Works     327
Introduction     327
History     331
Theory     356
"What is War?"     382
The Last Year     396
The Revolutions of 1830     396
Observer on the Frontier     410
Beyond the Nation State     431
A Note on Sources     441
Manuscripts, Books, and Articles Cited     445
Name Index     461
Index of Clausewitz's Writings     466
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