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On war

Author: Carl von Clausewitz; Anatol Rapoport; J J Graham
Publisher: Harmondsworth : Penguin, 1968
Series: Penguin classics
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [Abridged version]View all editions and formats
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"Writing at the time of Napoleon's greatest campaigns, Prussian soldier and writer Carl von Clausewitz created this landmark treatise on the art of warfare, which presented war as part of a coherent system of political thought. In line with Napoleon's military actions, Clausewitz illustrated the need to annihilate the enemy and to make a strong display of one's power in an 'absolute war' without compromise. But he  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carl von Clausewitz; Anatol Rapoport; J J Graham
ISBN: 0140444270 9780140444278
OCLC Number: 795172683
Notes: Translated by J.J. Graham.
Description: 460 pages ; 19 cm.
Contents: Preface to the Pelican edition --
Introduction by Anatol Rapoport --
On war. Introduction by Col. F. N. Maude ; Introduction of the author ; Brief memoir of General Clausewitz by the translator --
Book One. 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 Two. 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 Three. 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 Four. The combat. Introductory ; Character of the modern battle ; The combat in general ; The combat in general (continuation) ; 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 Eight. 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 --
Concluding remarks by Anatol Rapoport.
Series Title: Penguin classics
Other Titles: Vom Kriege.
Responsibility: Carl von Clausewitz ; edited with an introduction by Anatol Rapoport.

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"Writing at the time of Napoleon's greatest campaigns, Prussian soldier and writer Carl von Clausewitz created this landmark treatise on the art of warfare, which presented war as part of a coherent system of political thought. In line with Napoleon's military actions, Clausewitz illustrated the need to annihilate the enemy and to make a strong display of one's power in an 'absolute war' without compromise. But he was also careful to distinguish between war and politics, arguing that war could only be justified when debate was no longer adequate, and that if undertaken, its aim should ultimately be to improve the well-being of the nation. Combining military theory and practice, On War has had a profound influence on subsequent thinking on warfare." "This edition contains a detailed introduction examining Von Clausewitz's skill and reputation as a writer, philosopher and political thinker, as well as a bibliography, notes and a glossary." -- Back cover of book.

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