Clausewitz's Puzzle: The Political Theory of War by Andreas Herberg-RotheClausewitz's Puzzle: The Political Theory of War by Andreas Herberg-Rothe

Clausewitz's Puzzle: The Political Theory of War

byAndreas Herberg-Rothe

Hardcover | April 15, 2007

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Blending detailed contextual analysis with issues in modern-day international relations this book provides a major new analysis of the theory of Clausewitz and its relevance to contemporary society. This book argues that Clausewitz developed a wide-ranging political theory of war by reflecting on the success, the limitations, and the failure of Napoleon's method of waging war, a theory, which is still relevant in light of contemporary conflict. This new interpretation is the result ofreflecting on Clausewitz's theory in light of the new developments and lays down the foundation of a general theory of war by concentrating on Clausewitz's historical analyses of war campaigns. For the first time analysis of three paradigmatic military campaigns is placed at the centre of understanding surrounding Clausewitz's 'On War': The author argues that the limitations of Napoleon's strategy, as revealed in Russia and in his final defeat, enabled Clausewitz to develop a generaltheory of war. This book is a project of the Oxford Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War.
Andreas Herberg-Rothe, Dr. phil. habil., Private Lecturer at the Institute for Social Sciences (since 2001), Humboldt University Berlin; Visiting fellow at London School of Economics and Political Science (2005-2006), Associate of the Oxford Leverhulme Programme 'The changing character of war' (2004-2005); Post doctoral thesis: 'Enigm...
Title:Clausewitz's Puzzle: The Political Theory of WarFormat:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:April 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I ProloguePart II Anti-theses and Ambivalences1. Clausewitz and Napoleon: Jena, Moscow, and Waterloo2. Violence, Fear, and Power: The Expansion and Limitation of War3. Concepts of Absolute and real WarPart III Using Clausewitz to Go Beyond Clausewitz4. Clausewitz's legacy: the Trinity5. Polarity and Asymmetry Between Attack and Defence6. The Formula: Politics in War

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