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Clausewitz: A Very Short Introduction

Michael Howard

21 February 2002

ISBN: 9780192802576

96 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Karl von Clausewitz (1780-1831) is generally acknowledged to be one of the greatest of writers on war. Even though he wrote his only major work at a time when the range of firearms was fifty yards, much of what he 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.

  • 'as a synthesis of Clausewitz scholarship this study can hardly be faulted' English Historical Review
  • Outlines Clausewitz's enduring theory of war, making it of continuing interest to military historians and those interested in the logistics and tactics of war
  • Explains how Clausewitz's theory relates to his actual experience in the Napoleonic wars
  • Essential reading for anyone interested in military history or strategy
  • Michael Howard is a well-known trade history author

About the Author(s)

Michael Howard, formerly King's College, London, and University of Oxford

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1:Clausewitz in his time
    2:Theory and practice in war
    3:Ends and means in war
    4:Limited and absolute war
    5:The legacy of Clausewitz
    Further Reading
    Index

Reviews

Review from previous edition 'as a synthesis of Clausewitz scholarship this study can hardly be faulted' - English Historical Review

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

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