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Overview

Clausewitz's On War has, at least until very recently, been regarded as the most important work of theory on its subject. But since the end of the Cold War in 1990, and even more since the 9/11 attacks on the United states in 2001, an increasing number of commentators have argued that On War has lost its analytical edge as a tool for understanding war. They have argued that Clausewitz was concerned solely with inter-state war and with properly defined armies, and that the sorts of conflicts which he discussed are therefore part of a historical pattern which dominated Europe between 1648, the end of the Thirty Years War, and 1990 itself. Some have gone further, and suggested that Clausewitz's best known aphorism, that war is a continuation of policy by other means, is not only irrelevant today but also inapplicable historically. Clausewitz in the Twenty-First Century reconsiders the principal themes in Clausewitz's writings from a contemporary perspective, and finds in them much more inspiration and insight than these generalisations allow. Embracing the perspectives of history, philosophy and political science, the book reconsiders both the text and its current implications. Traditional interpretations of On War are put into fresh light; neglected passages are re-examined; and new insights are derived from the conjunction between Clausewitz's text and today's challenges.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199232024
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/12/2007
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,170,096
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Hew Strachan is Chichele Professor of the History of War at Oxford University.

Andreas Herberg-Rothe is a Private Lecturer at the Institute for Social Sciences, Humboldt-University Berlin.

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Table of Contents


Foreword     v
Notes on Contributors     xi
Introduction   Hew Strachan   Andreas Herberg-Rothe     1
Clausewitz and the Dialectics of War   Hew Strachan     14
Clausewitz and the Non-Linear Nature of War: Systems of Organized Complexity   Alan Beyerchen     45
Clausewitz's On War: Problems of Text and Translation   Jan Willem Honig     57
The Primacy of Policy and the 'Trinity' in Clausewitz's Mature Thought   Christopher Bassford     74
The Instrument: Clausewitz on Aims and Objectives in War   Daniel Moran     91
Moral Forces in War   Ulrike Kleemeier     107
War as 'Art': Aesthetics and Politics in Clausewitz's Social Thinking   Jose Fernandez Vega     122
Clausewitz's Ideas of Strategy and Victory   Beatrice Heuser     138
On Defence as the Stronger Form of War   Jon Sumida     163
Clausewitz and Small Wars   Christopher Daase     182
Clausewitz and the Nature of the War on Terror   Antulio J. Echevarria II     196
Clausewitz and the Privatization of War   Herfried Munkler     219
Clausewitz and Information Warfare   David Lonsdale     231
Clausewitz and the Two Temptations of Modern Strategic Thinking   Benoit Durieux     251
Civil-Military Relations and Democracies   Wilfried von Bredow     266
Clausewitz and a New Containment: the Limitation of War and Violence   Andreas Herberg-Rothe     283
Index     308
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