A social theory of war: Clausewitz and war reconsidered

  title={A social theory of war: Clausewitz and war reconsidered},
  author={Vivek Swaroop Sharma},
  journal={Cambridge Review of International Affairs},
  pages={327 - 347}
  • V. Sharma
  • Published 2015
  • Sociology
  • Cambridge Review of International Affairs
This article presents a new theory of war that is grounded in the insights of Clausewitz on the social nature of conflict. Clausewitz had argued that war is a political process; he therefore distinguished between ‘war’—understood in political terms—and warfare—understood as fighting. He then created a typology covering a spectrum of war ranging from total to limited, the political stakes of a conflict determining where it would fall on the spectrum. I develop and modify this basic framework by… Expand
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