Clausewitz: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | February 15, 2002

byMichael Howard

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Karl von Clausewitz's study On War was described by the American strategic thinker Bernard Brodie as 'not simply the greatest, but the only great book about war'. It is hard to disagree. Even though he wrote his only major work at a time when the range of firearms was fifty yards, much of whathe had to say remains relevant today. Michael Howard explains Clausewitz's ideas in terms both of his experiences as a professional soldier in the Napoleonic Wars, and of the intellectual background of his time.

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Karl von Clausewitz's study On War was described by the American strategic thinker Bernard Brodie as 'not simply the greatest, but the only great book about war'. It is hard to disagree. Even though he wrote his only major work at a time when the range of firearms was fifty yards, much of whathe had to say remains relevant today. Micha...

Sir Michael Howard has held the Chair of War Studies at King's College London, the Chichele Chair of History of War and the Regius Chair of Modern History at Oxford, and the Robert A. Lovett Chair of Military and Naval History at Yale. His works include The Franco-Prussian War, The Causes of Wars, War and the Liberal Conscience, The L...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.26 inPublished:February 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192802577

ISBN - 13:9780192802576

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Clausewitz in his time2. Theory and practice in war3. Ends and means in war4. Limited and absolute war5. The legacy of ClausewitzFurther ReadingIndex

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`'a delightful introduction to the paradoxes and insights of this passionate rationalist.''London Review of Books