Small Wars in the Age of Clausewitz: The Watershed Between Partisan War and People's War

  title={Small Wars in the Age of Clausewitz: The Watershed Between Partisan War and People's War},
  author={Beatrice Heuser},
  journal={Journal of Strategic Studies},
  pages={139 - 162}
  • Beatrice Heuser
  • Published 1 February 2010
  • History, Political Science
  • Journal of Strategic Studies
Abstract Around the time of Clausewitz’s writing, a new element was introduced into partisan warfare: ideology. Previously, under the ancien régime, partisans were what today we would call special forces, light infantry or cavalry, almost always mercenaries, carrying out special operations, while the main action in war took place between regular armies. Clausewitz lectured his students on such ‘small wars’. In the American War of Independence and the resistance against Napoleon and his allies… 

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