The Art of Strategy: Napoleon's Maxims of War + Clausewitz's On War

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The Military Maxims of Napoleon will provide the reader with the very essence of the Napoleonic art of war. This book is a collection of maxims which directed the military operations of the greatest captain of modern times, Napoleon Bonaparte. This extraordinary collection shades light to the period of French domination over Europe, which was build on Napoleon's great military and political skills. 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.


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Carl von Clausewitz (1780–1831) was a Prussian general and military theorist, renowned for his seminal work on military strategy and the nature of war. His magnum opus, 'Vom Kriege' (On War), is considered one of the most important philosophical treatises on the subject and remains widely read and influential in both military academies and among strategic thinkers across the world. Transcending the empirical study of military history, Clausewitz's On War delves into the moral and psychological aspects of warfare, famously asserting that 'war is the continuation of politics by other means.' Although he did not live to see his masterpiece published, it was completed by his widow, Countess Marie von Brühl, and first appeared in print posthumously in 1832. The comprehensive work, often abridged in English translations, envisions war as a chameleon, changing in character to adapt to the shifting political and social landscape. Clausewitz's theoretical framework is enshrined in his dialectical examination of warfare, with a particular focus on the 'trinity' of war – the interplay between the government, the army, and the people. Clausewitz's influence extends beyond military strategy into political theory and international relations, rendering his insights exceedingly vital even in modern, non-military strategic considerations. In 'The Art of Strategy: Napoleon's Maxims of War + Clausewitz's On War,' readers are presented with an essential guide to military strategy, combining the pragmatic wisdom of Napoleon with Clausewitz's transcendental analysis of the nature of conflict.

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Publisher: DigiCat

Genre: Sprache - Englisch

Language: English

Size: 933 Pages

Filesize: 1.2 MB

ISBN: 8596547727187

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