Soldier and intellectual Carl von Clausewitz first entered combat at the tender age of thirteen. He later rose to the rank of Major General, married into the Prussian nobility and wrote a book which was to become one of the most influential works on military strategy ever published. On War is one of the first books on modern military strategy. Writing mostly after the Napoleonic wars, between 1816 and 1830, von Clausewitz never lived to see it published. He had a theory that it was the integration of political, societal and economic issues that was the most important factor in deciding the outcome of a war. This new theory made On War one of the most important texts on strategy ever written. On War has been translated into practically every major language and remains a source of inspiration for modern strategic thinkers. In this fascinating new interpretation, Andrew Holmes illustrates how von Clausewitz’s ideas can be applied to contemporary business. Readers will discover: • Why business, like war, is neither an art nor a science; • How to ‘fortify’ their business; • The importance of a strong commander; • The secrets of being ruthless; • Why they should bypass their smart phones and open up the lines of communication. By re-interpreting von Clausewitz’s original theories, Holmes demonstrates that On War is not just about the battlefield. This clear, concise and waffle-free book shows how you can treat life like a military operation and steer your troops in the right direction in the world of business. Andrew Holmes’ Carl von Clausewitz’s On War illustrates the timeless nature of von Clausewitz’s insights by bringing them to life with modern examples and business case studies. This brilliant interpretation of On War is an entertaining accompaniment to one of the most famous strategy books ever written.
Table of ContentsIntroduction 1. War as an act of human intercourse 2. The knowledge required in war is very simple 3. Theory should be study, not doctrine 4. On historical examples 5. War is never an isolated act 6. The effect of the political aim on the military objective 7. The character of contemporary warfare 8. General survey 9. Relationship between the branches of the service 10. The order of battle 11. Base of operations 12. Lines of communication 13. Maintenance and supply 14. Method and routine 15. Terrain 16. Fortresses 17. Billets 18. Moral factors 19. On military genius 20. The thirst for fame and honour 21. On danger 22. Boldness 23. Perseverance 24. Cunning 25. Surprise 26. Military virtues of the army 27. Other emotional factors 28. The nature of battle today 29. Mutual agreement to fight 30. Advanced guards and outposts 31. Operational use of advanced corps 32. Concentration of forces in space 33. Unification of forces in time 34. The strategic reserve 35. Maximum use of force 36. Relative strength 37. Superiority of numbers 38. The dynamic law 39. War plans 40. Critical analysis 41. Friction in war 42. Intelligence in war 43. The battle: its decision 44. Duration of the engagement 45. The effects of victory 46. Strategic means of exploiting victory 47. The command of heights 48. The key to the country 49. Types of resistance 50. The character of strategic defence 51. Retreat after a lost battle 52. Retreat to the interior of the country Reference material Index