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On Clausewitz

A Study of Military and Political Ideas

  • Hugh Smith

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Clausewitz’s Life and Personality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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      Pages 3-13
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      Pages 14-21
  3. War in the Napoleonic Era

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      Pages 23-23
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  4. On War

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
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      Pages 53-62
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      Pages 63-70
  5. The Levels of War

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      Pages 71-71
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  6. Strategy

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      Pages 125-125
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  7. Theory and Practice

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      Pages 169-169
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  8. The Political Context

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      Pages 197-197
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  9. The Relevance of On War

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      Pages 235-235
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 272-303

About this book

Introduction

Clausewitz is often quoted but more often misunderstood. On Clausewitz presents his central ideas about war and politics - such as war as an instrument of policy, the concept of Absolute War, friction and the fog of war - in a clear and systematic fashion. It also presents the man, his life and the military and intellectual environment in which he produced his great work On War . A final section considers Clausewitz's relevance to the rapidly changing nature of war today.

Keywords

Clausewitz Clausewitz, C. v. Napoleon

Authors and affiliations

  • Hugh Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Humanities and Social Science, University CollegeUniversity of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force AcademyAustralia

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