On War Hardcover – 21 Oct 1976
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"Undoubtedly one of the most useful books ever written."--The New Republic
About the Author
Peter Paret is professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study. He has written widely on the history of war and society and on the relationship of art, society, and politics. He is the author of "Clausewitz and the State" (Princeton), now in its third revised edition. Most recently he gave the 2008 Lees Knowles Lectures at Cambridge University, on which this book is based, and was guest curator for the spring 2009 exhibition Myth and Modernity at the Princeton University Art Museum.
Sir Michael Howard has held the Chair of War Studies at King's College London, the Chichele Chair of History of War and the Regius Chair of Modern History at Oxford, and the Robert A. Lovett Chair of Military and Naval History at Yale. His works include The Franco-Prussian War, The Causes of Wars,
War and the Liberal Conscience, The Lessons of History, and War in European History. Together with Professor Peter Paret he edited and translated Clausewitz, On War.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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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Great book, it shows the relation between war and politics.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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