How To Do Things With Clausewitz

  title={How To Do Things With Clausewitz},
  author={Jan Mieszkowski},
  journal={The Global South},
  pages={18 - 29}
The argument of this article is that the modern understanding of warfare is organized by a series of attempts to conceptualize the relationship between language and violence. Examining efforts to rewrite Clausewitz's famous maxim that war is the continuation of politics by other means, I consider the difficulties that arise in distinguishing rhetorical from non-rhetorical models of battle. Paradoxically, the impulse to generalize physical combat as a basic paradigm of social experience reveals… Expand


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