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On war

Author: Carl von Clausewitz; Anatol Rapoport; J J Graham
Publisher: Harmondsworth, Eng. ; New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 1982. ©1968.
Series: Penguin classics.
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On War is one of the most important books ever written on the subject of war. Clausewitz, a Prussian officer who fought against the French during the Napoleonic Wars, sought to understand and analyze the phenomenon of war so that future leaders could conduct and win conflicts more effectively. He studied the human and social factors that affect outcomes, as well as the tactical and technological ones. He understood
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Carl von Clausewitz; Anatol Rapoport; J J Graham
ISBN: 0140444270 9780140444278
OCLC Number: 9359002
Language Note: Translated from the German by J.J. Graham. Translation originally published by Routledge & Kegan Paul in 1908; published in Pelican Classics, 1968; re-issued in Penguin Classics, 1982.
Notes: Extracts selected from the English translation by J.J. Graham of Vom Kriege published in London in 1908.
Description: 460 pages ; 18 cm.
Contents: Book 1: On the nature of war. What is war? ; End and means in war ; The genius for war ; Of danger in war ; Of bodily exertion in war ; Information in war ; Friction in war ; Concluding remarks --
Book 2: On the theory of war. Branches of the art of war ; On the theory of war ; Art or science of war ; Methodicism ; Criticism ; On examples --
Book 3: Of strategy in general. Strategy ; Elements of strategy ; Moral forces ; The chief moral powers ; Military virtue of an army ; Boldness ; Perseverance ; Superiority of numbers ; The surprise ; Stratagem ; Assembly of forces in space ; Assembly of forces in time ; Strategic reserve ; Economy of forces ; Geometrical element ; On the suspension of the act in war ; On the character of modern war ; Tension and rest --
Book 4: The combat. Introductory ; Character of the modern battle ; The combat in general ; On the signification of the combat ; Duration of the combat ; Decision of the combat ; Mutual understanding as to a battle ; The battle ; Effects of victory ; The use of the battle ; Strategic means of utilizing victory ; Retreat after a lost battle --
Sketches for Book 8: Plan of war. Introduction ; Absolute and real war ; (a) Interdependence of the parts in war ; (b) Of the magnitude of the object of the war, and the efforts to be made ; Ends in war more precisely defined : overthrow of the enemy ; Ends in war more precisely defined (continued) : limited object ; (a) Influence of the political object on the military object ; (b) War as an instrument of policy.
Series Title: Penguin classics.
Other Titles: Vom Kriege.
Responsibility: Carl von Clausewitz ; edited with an introduction by Anatol Rapoport; [translated by J.J. Graham].

Abstract:

On War is one of the most important books ever written on the subject of war. Clausewitz, a Prussian officer who fought against the French during the Napoleonic Wars, sought to understand and analyze the phenomenon of war so that future leaders could conduct and win conflicts more effectively. He studied the human and social factors that affect outcomes, as well as the tactical and technological ones. He understood that war was a weapon of government, and that political purpose, chance, and enmity combine to shape its dynamics. On War continues to be read by military strategists, politicians, and others for its timeless insights. This abridged edition by Beatrice Heuser, using the acclaimed translation by Michael Howard and Peter Paret, selects the central books in which Clausewitz's views on the nature and theory of war are developed. Heuser's introduction explains the originality of Clausewitz's ideas, his education and background, and summarizes his key theories, while explanatory notes provide further information on the historical examples Clausewitz cites. - Publisher.

Extracts selected from the English translation by J.J. Graham of Vom Kriege published in London in 1908. Includes index. Bibliography: p. 433-[437]. * glr 20090211.

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