From Ideal to Ambiguity: Johannes von Muller, Clausewitz, and the People in Arms

  title={From Ideal to Ambiguity: Johannes von Muller, Clausewitz, and the People in Arms},
  author={Peter Paret},
  journal={Journal of the History of Ideas},
  pages={101 - 111}
  • P. Paret
  • Published 25 May 2004
  • Sociology
  • Journal of the History of Ideas
In the debate at the end of the Enlightenment over the place of armed forces and war in society, Johannes [von] Müller's Histories of the Swiss attracted attention as a work of historical interpretation and as a political statement. Müller's idealization of the free "people in arms" is contrasted with Clausewitz's argument that ideals and self-interest contrary to the ideals may be expressed simultaneously by individuals and societies, both qualities made historically effective by people's… 
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