On War

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Sprache - Englisch

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On War is one of the most important treatises on political-military analysis and strategy ever written, and remains both controversial and influential on strategic thinking. It was written by Prussian general Carl von Clausewitz, after the Napoleonic wars, between 1816 and 1830. Clausewitz had set about revising his accumulated manuscripts, but did not live to finish the task. On War represents his theoretical explorations. Clausewitz analyzed the conflicts of his time along the line of the categories Purpose, Goal and Means. He reasoned that the Purpose of war is one's will to be enforced, which is determined by politics. The Goal of the conflict is therefore to defeat the opponent in order to exact the Purpose. The Goal is pursued with the help of a strategy that might be brought about by various Means such as by the defeat or the elimination of opposing armed forces or by non-military Means (such as propaganda, economic sanctions and political isolation). Thus, any resource of the human body and mind and all the moral and physical powers of a state might serve as Means to achieve the set goal._x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_


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Carl von Clausewitz (1780–1831) was a Prussian general and military theorist renowned for his seminal work, 'On War' (Vom Kriege), which remains one of the most important treatises on military strategy and warfare philosophy to this day. Born in Burg bei Magdeburg, Prussia, Clausewitz entered the Prussian army at the age of twelve and quickly ascended through the ranks, participating in the Napoleonic Wars. His experiences in battle profoundly shaped his intellectual pursuits and writing, leading to his exploration of the complexities of warfare. 'On War' is an unfinished masterpiece, published posthumously by his wife, Marie von Brühl, in 1832. In this magnum opus, Clausewitz presents a theory of war that is rooted in the concept of the 'remarkable trinity'—the interplay between reason, chance, and emotion. He posits the famous dictum that war is a mere continuation of politics by other means, emphasizing the interdependence of political objectives and military tactics. His work transcends the era he lived in, influencing both historical and contemporary military strategic thinking, and has been extensively studied by military leaders and theorists around the world. Clausewitz's literary style in 'On War' is both philosophical and dense, often characterized by its abstraction and insistence on the complex, fluid nature of military conflict. The impact of Clausewitz's ideas on military theory and their perpetual relevance to the studies of strategy and security make him an enduring figure within both historical and modern military scholarship.

Produkt Details

Verlag: DigiCat

Genre: Sprache - Englisch

Sprache: English

Umfang: 796 Seiten

Größe: 948,7 KB

ISBN: 8596547007036

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