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Resurrecting the "Icon" The Enduring Relevance of Clausewitz's On War

  title={Resurrecting the "Icon" The Enduring Relevance of Clausewitz's On War},
  author={Nikolas Gardner},
Abstract : For students of strategy, Carl von Clausewitz has long been a polarizing figure. Notwithstanding their rather different interpretations of "On War," soldiers, statesmen, and scholars such as Moltke the Elder, General Colin Powell, and Sir Michael Howard have praised its insights and elevated it to the forefront of the strategic canon. Their enthusiasm has been matched by the hostility of writers like Sir Basil H. Liddell Hart, Sir John Keegan, and Martin van Creveld, who have… 
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Clausewitz: The Debate Continues

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Clausewitz and the “New Wars” Scholars

  • B. Schuurman
  • Political Science
    The US Army War College Quarterly: Parameters
  • 2010
Since the Second World War, western armed forces have been most successful against opponents whose weapons, methods of organization, and ways of thinking closely resembled their own. Conflicts such

From Limited War to Limited Victory: Clausewitz and Allied Strategy in Afghanistan

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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

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

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Countering global insurgency

Abstract This article suggests that the War on Terrorism is actually a campaign against a globalized Islamist 1 insurgency. Therefore, counterinsurgency approaches are more relevant to the present