- Paperback: 752 pages
- Publisher: Princeton University Press; New Ed edition (21 Jun. 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0691018545
- ISBN-13: 978-0691018546
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The main contribution of Clausewitz is represented by his maxim that "war is merely the continuation of policy by other means." In other words, war is basically an extension of politics. The initial motive for warfare is encapsulated by a political objective; war is a means to a political end. Clausewitz argues that policy permeates and essentially determines the character and extent of all military operations; the authority of the military commander is circumscribed by the political aims of the state. Thus, Clausewitz essentially maintains that the public sector (the state) must exercise authority over military operations.Read more ›
"On War" will always be a dense and difficult work to read; it has so much information in so (comparatively) little space, and the concepts are frequently new to modern eyes. Nonetheless, a great translation makes the book far more accessible than does a poor one (such as the Wordsworth edition uses). The Howard/Paret translation is the definitive English language version. Any student of war, or even of politics, should read this book in this translation.
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Its Clausewitz what can I say the most influential book in western military thought and is still taught in staff colleges across the world.Published on 26 Oct. 2013 by R. Packham
The ultimate work on the art of war and warmaking. Even modern warfare with all its technology will learn from this masterpiece.Published on 6 Jan. 2013 by sylvan
'War is merely the continuation of policy by other means' too often this is quoted too often out of context misunderstood. Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2012 by Thomas