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Carl Von Clausewitz's "On War": A Book That Shook the World (Books That Shook the World) Hardcover – 8 Oct 2007
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"'A towering achievement.' Richard Holmes, Guardian 'One of the most impressive books of modern history in a generation.' Max Hastings, Evening Standard"
Now in paperback, Hew Strachan tells in engaging and vivid detail the story of the most important treatise on war ever written: a book that has been blamed for the unprecedented death tolls in the First and Second World Wars. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Strachan cuts through this confusion, showing how some features of Clausewitz's thinking remained constant, and how other portions changed. Strachan separates out some of the great Prussian's main ideas, but instead of summarizing them, he paints a picture of their complexity, and how they interact. He follows Clausewitz's development of his theory, and shows us how Clausewitz expanded the scope of his thought, and brought in new ideas. Most importantly, Strachan stresses what Clausewitz saw as the most important idea of all: war is a complex interaction of reason, passion, and chance, constantly changing, something that must be looked at afresh in each conflict, and during the conflict, to see what its nature is NOW.
Read Carl von Clausewitz's On War to find out both how to approach On War, and how to think about the complex subject of war.