Historical and political writings

  title={Historical and political writings},
  author={Mary Lee Townsend and Carl von Clausewitz and Peter Paret and Daniel Mor{\'a}n},
Carl von Clausewitz's major theoretical work, On War, has retained its freshness and relevance since it first appeared 160 years ago. Clausewitz was also a wide-ranging, innovative historian--his acerbic history of Prussia before 1806 became an underground classic long before it could be published--and a combative political essayist, whose observations on the affairs of Germany and Europe combine social egalitarianism with a nearly Bismarckian Realpolitik. In this companion volume to On War… 

Testing Clausewitz: Nationalism, Mass Mobilization, and the Severity of War

Abstract Drawing on Clausewitz's classical theory, we argue that the emergence of mass nationalism following the French Revolution profoundly altered the nature of the units constituting the

Revisiting Prussia's Wars against Napoleon: History, Culture, and Memory

Prelude: war, culture and memory Introduction: revisiting the wars against Napoleon Part I. A History of Defeat, Crisis and Victory: 1. The defeat of 1806 and its aftermath 2. Reform and revenge:

The Kingdom of Württemberg and the Making of Germany, 1815-1871

THE TRADITIONAL DISCOURSE of the German unification maintains that it was the German great powers - Austria and Prussia - that controlled German destiny, yet for much of this period Germany was

Epistemology and War — The Rise of Rationalism and Clausewitz ’ Critique of Pure War 30 September 2007

Introduction Military philosophers through the ages have attempted to analyze, understand and explain the art of war. The doctrines they create are by necessity based on their understanding of the

The Social Science of Carl von Clausewitz

Abstract : Carl von Clausewitz's great, unfinished book "On War" is well-known as being prone to misinterpretation and distortion. At the risk of adding to the veritable cottage industry of

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

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

Exporting Military Revolutions and the Changing Clausewitzian Triad between People, Armed Forces and Ruler at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century

Using the Turks as an example and as a way of indirectly criticising France, one of the most successful French generals of the eighteenth century, the Marechal de Saxe (1696–1750), in his Mes

Planning versus Chaos in Clausewitz's On War

Abstract Clausewitz laid great emphasis on the planned construction of war, but this idea has received little attention from his commentators, who generally attach far greater importance to what he

Clausewitz's "Wondrous Trinity" as a Coordinate System of War and Violent Conflict

Rather than discarding Clausewitz’s theory of war in response to the revolutionary changes in modern warfare, this article articulates a broader theory of war based on his concept of the “wondrous

The Direction of War: Contemporary Strategy in Historical Perspective

Introduction 1. War and strategy at the beginning of the twenty-first century 2. The meaning of strategy: historical perspectives 3. The case for Clausewitz: reading 'On War' today 4. Making strategy