Clausewitz in the Twenty-First Century

Hardcover | October 13, 2007

EditorHew Strachan, Andreas Herberg-Rothe

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Clausewitz's On War has, at least until very recently, been regarded as the most important work of theory on its subject. But since the end of the Cold War in 1990, and even more since the 9/11 attacks on the United states in 2001, an increasing number of commentators have argued that On Warhas lost its analytical edge as a tool for understanding war. They have argued that Clausewitz was concerned solely with inter-state war and with properly defined armies, and that the sorts of conflicts which he discussed are therefore part of a historical pattern which dominated Europe between1648, the end of the Thirty Years War, and 1990 itself. Some have gone further, and suggested that Clausewitz's best known aphorism, that war is a continuation of policy by other means, is not only irrelevant today but also inapplicable historically. Clausewitz in the Twenty-First Centuryreconsiders the principal themes in Clausewitz's writings from a contemporary perspective, and finds in them much more inspiration and insight than these generalisations allow. Embracing the perspectives of history, philosophy and political science, the book reconsiders both the text and itscurrent implications. Traditional interpretations of On War are put into fresh light; neglected passages are re-examined; and new insights are derived from the conjunction between Clausewitz's text and today's challenges.This book is a project of the Oxford Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War.

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Clausewitz's On War has, at least until very recently, been regarded as the most important work of theory on its subject. But since the end of the Cold War in 1990, and even more since the 9/11 attacks on the United states in 2001, an increasing number of commentators have argued that On Warhas lost its analytical edge as a tool for ...

Hew Strachan is Chichele Professor of the History of War at the University of Oxford. Andreas Herberg-Rothe is a Private Lecturer at the Institute for Social Sciences at Humboldt-University Berlin.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:October 13, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Michael Howard: Foreword: Clausewitz On War: a History of the Howard-Paret Translation -Hew Strachan and Andreas Herberg-Rothe: Introduction1. Hew Strachan: Clausewitz and the Dialectics of War2. Alan Beyerchen: Clausewitz and the Non-Linear Nature of War: Systems of Organized Complexity3. Jan Willem Honig: Clausewitz's On War: Problems of Text and Translation4. Christopher Bassford: The Primacy of Policy and the 'Trinity' in Clausewitz's Mature Thought5. Daniel Moran: The Instrument: Clausewitz on Aims and Objectives in War6. Ulrike Kleemeier: Moral Forces in War7. Jose Fernandez Vega: War as 'Art': Aesthetics and Politics in Clausewitz's Social Thinking8. Beatrice Heuser: Clausewitz's Ideas of Strategy and Victory9. Jon Sumida: On Defence as the Stronger Form of War10. Christopher Daase: Clausewitz and Small Wars11. Antulio J: Clausewitz and the Nature of the War on Terror12. Herfried Munkler: Clausewitz and the Privatization of War13. David Lonsdale: Clausewitz and Information Warfare14. Benoit Durieux: Clausewitz and the Two Temptations of Modern Strategic Thinking15. Wilfried von Bredow: Civil-Military Relations and Democracies16. Andreas Herberg-Rothe: Clausewitz and a New Containment: the Limitation of War and Violence

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`A closer reading of Clausewitz gives rise to the following implications for warfare in the 21st century. First, the war on terror, as with all wars, is irreversibly political in nature, and requires a decidedly political approach. (...) Second, globalization intensifies the role of politics,and indeed reduces reaction time within all three elements of Clausewitz's wondrous trinity, which is quite different from so called trinitarian war and which is Clausewitz's true legacy. Third, policys subordinating influence over warfare suggests that the overarching political goal for grandstrategy in the 21st century should be the containment of violence, with the intent to diminish armed conflict as precondition for establishing democracies.'worldsecurity network