On Clausewitz

On Clausewitz

by Hugh Smith
     
 

Clausewitz is often quoted but more often misunderstood. On Clausewitz presents his central ideas about war and politics - such as war as an instrument of policy, the concept of Absolute War, friction and the fog of war - in a clear and systematic fashion. It also presents the man, his life and the military and intellectual environment in which he produced his great…  See more details below

Overview

Clausewitz is often quoted but more often misunderstood. On Clausewitz presents his central ideas about war and politics - such as war as an instrument of policy, the concept of Absolute War, friction and the fog of war - in a clear and systematic fashion. It also presents the man, his life and the military and intellectual environment in which he produced his great work On War . A final section considers Clausewitz's relevance to the rapidly changing nature of war today.

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' On Clausewitz is a thorough survey of all of Clausewitz's most important insights, drawn not only from On War but also from his voluminous writings on military history and international politics. Smith is particularly good at outlining the intellectual influences on Clausewitz...Far from being the bloody-minded apostle of total war portrayed by detractors, Smith's Clausewitz is a complex and fully rounded thinker.' Ian Garrick Mason, Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403935878
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
03/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,128,789
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Hugh Smith has taught officer cadets in Australia for over three decades and was the Founding Director of the Australian Defence Studies Centre.

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