On War - Volume 1
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From the chaotic and bloody front lines of battle to a prisoner of war camp, from the rank and file of the Prussian army to the leadership of a military academy, Carl von Clasewitz experienced the many facets of war. Towards the end of his career, he decided to sum up his thoughts on conflict; what resulted was the brilliant 1831 military treatise On War, a book considered to be one of the greatest works of military theory in western literature. In it, von Clausewitz draws on many fields—from politics to the arts and sciences—in discussing war, showing his wide range of expertise and sophisticated intellect. He evaluates the various complicated motives and methods that surround conflict between nations, discussing whether warfare is an inevitable product of politics, or whether it is simply an act of brutality. Still widely read and highly regarded to this day, On War is a fascinating meditation on why, for millennia, humankind has clashed in battle despite the devastation that so often accompanies it.
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Opening Lines (Experimental)
I LOOK upon the first six books, of which a fair copy has now been made, as only a mass which is still in a manner without form, and which has yet to be again revised. In this revision the two kinds of War will be everywhere kept more distinctly in view, by which all ideas will acquire a clearer ...Back to top