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On War : Penguin Classics - Clausewitz Carl Von

On War

Penguin Classics

Paperback Published: 1st November 1982
ISBN: 9780140444278
Number Of Pages: 464
For Ages: 18+ years old

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War...is an act of violence intended to compel our opponent to fulfil our will'
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 though. 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 thin king 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.

Preface to the Pelican Editionp. 9
Introductionp. 11
On War
Introductionp. 83
Introduction of the Authorp. 91
Brief Memoir of General Clausewitz by The Translatorp. 93
On the Nature of War
What is War?p. 101
End and Means in Warp. 122
The Genius for Warp. 138
Of Danger in Warp. 158
Of Bodily Exertion in Warp. 160
Information in Warp. 162
Friction in Warp. 164
Concluding Remarksp. 167
On the Theory of War
Branches of the Art of Warp. 171
On the Theory of Warp. 180
Art or Science of Warp. 201
Methodicismp. 204
Criticismp. 210
On Examplesp. 231
Of Strategy in General
Strategyp. 241
Elements of Strategyp. 249
Moral Forcesp. 251
The Chief Moral Powersp. 253
Military Virtue of an Armyp. 254
Boldnessp. 258
Perseverancep. 263
Superiority of Numbersp. 264
The Surprisep. 269
Stratagemp. 274
Assembly of Forces in Spacep. 276
Assembly of Forces in Timep. 277
Strategic Reservep. 284
Economy of Forcesp. 287
Geometrical Elementp. 288
On the Suspension of the Act in Warp. 290
On the Character of Modern Warp. 295
Tension and Restp. 296
The Combat
Introductoryp. 301
Character of the Modern Battlep. 301
The Combat in Generalp. 303
The Combat in General (continuation)p. 307
On the Signification of the Combatp. 316
Duration of the Combatp. 318
Decision of the Combatp. 320
Mutual Understanding as to a Battlep. 327
The Battlep. 330
Effects of Victoryp. 336
The Use of the Battlep. 342
Strategic Means of Utilizing Victoryp. 348
Retreat After a Lost Battlep. 359
Sketches for Book Eight Plan of War
Introductionp. 365
Absolute and Real Warp. 367
Interdependence of the Parts in Warp. 371
Of the Magnitude of the Object of the War, and the Efforts to be Madep. 374
Ends in War More Precisely Defined - Overthrow of the Enemyp. 388
Ends in War More Precisely Defined (continued) - Limited Objectp. 397
Influence of the Political Object on the Military Objectp. 399
War as an Instrument of Policyp. 401
Concluding Remarksp. 411
Notesp. 415
Referencesp. 433
Glossaryp. 439
Indexp. 453
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ISBN: 9780140444278
ISBN-10: 0140444270
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 1st November 1982
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1

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