On War

On War

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Overview

On War by Carl von Clausewitz

In both a philosophical and a practical work, Clausewitz defines the essential nature of war, debates the qualities of a great commander, assesses the relative strengths of defensive and offensive war, and - in highly controversial passages - considers the relationship between war and politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848704756
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions, Limited
Publication date: 02/01/2013
Series: Classics of World Literature
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 411
File size: 1 MB

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 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't bother getting this abridged (also read butchered) version of Clausewitz' classic philosopy of war. If you want to know what Clausewitz was thinking, get a full translation. The editor may be right in calling some of the chapters outdated, for example the chapters on rivers or mountain warfare, but in every chapter he gives some useful tidbit of knowledge which applies in all times. The editor also inserted a lengthy introduction basically saying that Clausewitz' philosophy is bad when applied to modern times, showing his complete ignorance of what Clausewitz meant. Save your money for a full translation like The Everyman's Library edition by Peter Paret.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very poor copy. The written characters are all jumbled up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a Google digitized version of On War. Where the computer couldn't recognize text or symbols from the printed original, the digitized text becomes bogged down with misspellings and garbled text. Not worth the trouble of downloading for free. I deleted it immediately. I'd give it zero stars if I could.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got this to update my library. An essential read to understand the history and politics of war.
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It was a good read if they could find a better translated book, I believe that it would be an better read then what this one was. Great read if your in the Marine Corps
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not an easy book to read nor understand. It takes several readings. A large investment in time will allow the reader to understand Clausewitz's system and the remarkable way that it stills aides in understanding the phenomenon of war. The text is adorned with many historical examples. Continuously emphasizing that war is 'a continuity of policy by other means. He has defined perfectly the theory of war, its tactical and strategic purposes. A must for an military or political leader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son is a history buff and loves this book!