Clausewitz and Contemporary War by Antulio J. Echevarria II

By Antulio J. Echevarria II

Whereas many students agree that Clausewitz's On warfare is usually misunderstood, nearly none have explored his method to determine no matter if it might probably improve our figuring out of his innovations. This e-book lays out Clausewitz's method in a brisk and easy kind. It then makes use of that as a foundation for realizing his contributions to the ever transforming into physique of information of warfare. the explicit contributions this research addresses are Clausewitz's theories about the nature of warfare, the connection among battle and politics, and a number of other of the foremost rules of method he tested. those theories and rules lie on the middle of the present debates over the character of up to date clash. in addition they underpin a lot of the guideline that prepares army and civilian leaders for his or her roles within the improvement and execution of army technique. therefore, they're vital even in circles the place Clausewitz is simply in brief studied. whereas realizing On conflict isn't any extra a prerequisite for profitable wars than wisdom is a demand for workout energy, Clausewitz's opus has turn into anything of an authoritative reference for these aspiring to extend their wisdom of warfare. by means of linking technique and idea, this publication contributes considerably for that reason.

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43 He saw this affinity for rapid simplification not as a negative trait, as it is commonly regarded today, but as evidence of genuine skill, even A Search for Objective Knowledge 29 genius. 44 We find the expression coup d’œil in Lloyd’s work as well. Indeed, Clausewitz might well have been inspired to explore the topic by Lloyd’s comments. In addition, Clausewitz also believed knowledge had a certain practical value in discussions and deliberations: When it is not a question of acting oneself, but of convincing another in the course of a discussion, then everything depends on clear ideas and proof of their inner connections.

Königlichen Hoheit dem Kronprinzen; reprinted in Vom Kriege, 1047–86. Hereafter, Grundsätze. 35. Grundsätze, 19; this maxim has often been taken as the essence of Clausewitz’s theory. 36. Honig, ‘Interpreting Clausewitz’, 571–80. 37. J. H. Hexter, ‘The Historian and His Day,’ Reappraisals in History (Chicago, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1962), 4, refers to historians mainly, but it holds for other scholars as well. 38. Vom Kriege, II/2, 292; On War, 141–2. 39. Vom Kriege, II/2, 296; On War, 145.

G. ), Military Education: Past, Present, and Future (New York: Praeger, 2002), 13–33; Paret, Clausewitz, 278. 54. Alan Beyerchen, ‘Clausewitz, Nonlinearity, and the Unpredictability of War’, International Security, 17/3 (winter 1992), 59–90. 55. Vom Kriege, II/2, 285–9; On War, 140. 56. Vom Kriege, II/2, 289, 291; On War, 140. 57. Vom Kriege, II/2, 299; On War, 141. 58. On War, ‘Author’s Comment’, 63. 59. ‘On the Life and Character of Scharnhorst’, Historical and Political Writings, 104; and Paret, ‘Genesis of On War’, On War, 10.

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