On War

On War

by Carl von Clausewitz
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On War by Carl von Clausewitz

Carl von Clausewitz's On War has been called, "not simply the greatest, but the only truly great book on war." It is an extraordinary attempt to construct an all-embracing theory of how war works. Its coherence and ambition are unmatched by other military literature. On War is full of sharp observation, biting irony, and memorable phrases, the most famous being, "war is a continuation of politics by other means.


About the Author
Except for a brief stint in 1812 when he served in the Russian army, Clausewitz spent his whole career, from the age of twelve until his death in 1831, in the Prussian army. He fought in all the major Prussian campaigns against France, and his most fateful experience - the 1806 Battle of Jena-Auerstedt, in which Napoleon destroyed the Prussian army - inspired him to write On War.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492192800
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/19/2013
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Carl von Clausewitz (1780-1831) was a Prussian soldier and German military theorist who stressed the moral and political aspects of war. His most notable work, Vom Kriege (On War), was unfinished at his death. Von Clausewitz espoused a romantic conception of warfare, though he also had at least one foot planted firmly in the more rationalist ideas of the European Enlightenment. He stressed the dialectic of how opposite factors interact, and noting how unexpected new developments unfolding under the "fog of war" called for rapid decisions by alert commanders. Clausewitz saw history as a complex check on abstractions that did not accord with experience. In opposition to Antoine-Henri Jomini he argued war could not be quantified or graphed or reduced to mapwork and graphs. Clausewitz had many aphorisms, of which the most famous is, "War is the continuation of policy by other means," a description of war which has won wide acceptance.

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On War (Indexed Edition) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
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This edition of Clausewitz's 'On War' is said to avoid the misinterpretations made by previous editors of this famous book. It will strip the 1970s edition by Paret and Howard off its Cold-War touch and try to come as close to the original German meanings as possible. Yet, it will also reveal the incoherency in Clausewitz' thought when - late in his life - he tried to bring in 'more unity' but failed when he turned away from his doctrinaire focus on the theory of absolute war and tried to bring in a concept of limited war. Graham, Honig and Maude will uncover the desperate attempt by Clausewitz to find the synthesis of the dialectic relationship between the theory of absolute war and the practice of limited war. He thought he found it in 'war being a continuation of politics by other means' but left it to later generations to figure out what this exactly meant.
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