Strength of character does not consist solely in having. Clausewitz also criticized the theories proposed in this book. If it is all a calculation of probabilities based on given individuals and conditions, the political object, which was the original motive, must become an essential factor in the equation. He is most famous for his military treatise vom kriege, translated into english as on war. Graham translation of clausewitz s vom kriege 1832 published in london in 1873. Never forget that no military leader has ever become great without audacity. Written two centuries ago by a prussian military thinker, this is the most frequently cited, the most controversial, and in many ways, the most modern book on warfare. Purpose and means in war on military genius on danger in war on physical effort in war intelligence in war friction in war concluding observations on book one book two. June 1, 1780 november 16, 1831 2 was a prussian soldier and german military theorist who stressed the moral and political aspects of war. This volume of on war includes topics of the nature, theory, and strategy of war. Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior. A piece of advice, sun tzu, napoleonic wars, classic books, military history.
The book is considered one of the most important works on strategy and politicalmilitary analysis ever written, and the book remains controversial and influential to this day. However, there have been much debate around the continued relevance of clausewitzian concepts and his trinity to contemporary conflicts as martin van creveld seems to have been right when he predicted. Get the best deal by comparing prices from over 100,000 booksellers. The 197684 howardparet version is the standard translation today. He served in the campaigns of 179394 on the rhine, after which he seems to have devoted some time to the study of the scientific branches of his profession. It was written mostly after the napoleonic wars 18161830.
Kindhearted people might of course think there was some ingenious way to disarm or defeat the enemy without too much bloodshed, and might imagine this is the true goal of the art of war. These books give the theory and goals of war that can be applied to conquering meeting rooms and empires. Since the works first appearance in 1832, it has been read throughout the world, and has stimulated generations of soldiers, statesmen, and intellectuals. On war is the most significant attempt in western history to understand war, both in its internal dynamics and as an instrument of policy. War is an act of violence which in its application knows no bonds. This recording is the unabridged text of the first two books of clausewitz s massive three volume treatise on war. War is not merely an act of policy but a true political instrument, a continuation of political intercourse carried on with other means. For an important work like vom kriege, a translation that accurately reflects the context, and faithfully conveys the authors intended meaning of the work itself, while preserving more or less the structure of the original work without sacrificin. Zellen is a researcher at the naval postgraduate school in monterey, usa, where he is research director of the arctic security project. Check out the new look and enjoy easier access to your favorite features. The result was his principal book, on war, a major work on the philosophy of war. It was unfinished when clausewitz died and contains material written at.
On war 1832 german version, and 1873 english translation, trans. It has been translated into english several times as on war. The smaller the penalty you demand from your opponent, the less you can expect him to try and deny it to you. Consider the more modern versions and other relevant books shown.982 496 1315 889 996 794 1399 1211 298 720 1277 288 1247 1297 1444 30 630 1500 828 1363 216 826 1203 483 1004 508 633 323 961 1475