Clausewitz on Small War

Hardcover | November 15, 2015

EditorChristopher Daase, James W. Davis

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Widely recognized as one of the most important theorists of warfare, important strands of Carl von Clausewitz's thinking on the subject are not widely known. In the English-speaking world, few are familiar with anything other than his major, though unfinished and posthumously published, opus On War, which is available in numerous translations. Although the corpus of Clausewitz's writings on the topic of warfare is far greater, most of these texts have never been translated.In Clausewitz on Small War, Christopher Daase and James W. Davis begin to redress this unfortunate state of affairs. In this volume they have assembled and translated Clausewitz's most important texts devoted to the analysis of asymmetric, unconventional, guerrilla, and small unit warfare, includingClausewitz's Lectures on Small War, held at the Prussian War Academy in 1810 and 1811. Augmenting our understanding of Clausewitz with his early writings on Small War leads to the conclusion that asymmetric warfare is not an historical development that can be termed pre- or post-Clausewitzian asmany contemporary scholars of war and military strategy argue. Rather, Clausewitz himself emerges as an early theorist of insurgency and asymmetric warfare with insights that are relevant today. The book is a must read for soldiers, military strategists, historians of war, and students ofinternational security.

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Widely recognized as one of the most important theorists of warfare, important strands of Carl von Clausewitz's thinking on the subject are not widely known. In the English-speaking world, few are familiar with anything other than his major, though unfinished and posthumously published, opus On War, which is available in numerous trans...

Christopher Daase is Professor of International Organization at the Goethe University of Frankfurt, and has held academic appointments at the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels, the University of Kent at Canturbury, and the University of Munich. In 1996, he received his doctorate at the Free University of Berlin with a thesis on unconventi...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.86 inPublished:November 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198737130

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. My Lectures on Small War, Held at the Prussian War College in 1810 and 18113. Testimonial (Bekenntnisdenkschrift)4. On the Political Advantages and Disadvantages of the Prussian Institution of the Landwehr5. The Arming of the People (Volksbewaffnung)