Clausewitz

Clausewitz

by Roger Parkinson
     
 

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Carl Phillip Gottleib von Clausewitz (1780-1831), Prussian general and military theorist, is most famous for his book On War, a work that has influenced numerous wartime leaders from Lenin to Henry Kissinger. Parkinson's biography of Clausewitz provides detailed examinations of the Napoleonic battles in which he participated and which shaped his theories of warfare

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Carl Phillip Gottleib von Clausewitz (1780-1831), Prussian general and military theorist, is most famous for his book On War, a work that has influenced numerous wartime leaders from Lenin to Henry Kissinger. Parkinson's biography of Clausewitz provides detailed examinations of the Napoleonic battles in which he participated and which shaped his theories of warfare. Parkinson describes Clausewitz's first experiences in combat as a twelve-year-old cadet in battles with France along the Rhine. The biography follows Clausewitz during the years of Napoleon's rise, when, disgusted with the Prussian King's refusal to fight, he joined the Russian army and witnessed Napoleon's defeat following the destruction of Moscow and several harrowing months of battle. The book also includes in-depth descriptions of the battles following Napoleon's return, in which Clausewitz put his theories into practice against Napoleon's marshals.

Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
A searching critical rendering of Clausewitz' ideas… and a vivid and detailed evocation of the period.
Military Review
Military intellectuals and professionals will be delighted.
Midwest Book Review
Scrutinizing Clausewitz's life and ideas in the keenest detail, Clausewitz: A Biography is a classic and highly scholarly study of military theory, as well as a straightforward and very strongly recommended presentation of a great leader's life.
The New York Times - Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
Mr. Parkinson has recounted in extraordinary, lucid detail the politics, the battles, the spectacles, the historical roots of Clausewitz' theories, and the theories themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815412335
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Edition description:
1ST COOPER
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.78(d)

Meet the Author

Roger Parkinson, author of The Peninsular War and Tormented Warrior, lives in England.

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