John Keegan and the Grand Tradition of Trashing Clausewitz: a Polemic

  title={John Keegan and the Grand Tradition of Trashing Clausewitz: a Polemic},
  author={Christopher Bassford},
  journal={War in History},
  pages={319 - 336}
  • C. Bassford
  • Published 1 November 1994
  • History
  • War in History
Rather like Cato the Elder, ending every speech with his famous ‘d lenda est Carthago’, the British historian-cum-journalist Basil Liddell Hart (1895-1970) routinely included in his many publications a ringing denunciation of the Prussian military philosopher, Carl von Clausewitz. He occasionally deviated from this practice, e.g., after some authoritative figure like Spenser Wilkinson had publicly pointed out the many errors, inconsistencies and blatant contradictions which Liddell Hart’s… 

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