The grand master of military strategy and leadership, Carl Von Clausewitz
, thoroughly embraced the value of critical thinking in his writings concerning military genius.
The president made his decision when, to borrow from the Prussian military theorist Carl von Clausewitz
, the operation had reached the crossover point where its growing costs exceeded the value of its original "political object.
It entered the language after his death, at about the same time Napoleon Bonaparte's startling triumphs expanded the understanding of warfare itself--and not until even later, when Carl von Clausewitz
wrote his landmark treatise, On War, would the world have a working definition for the term.
THE great military theorist Carl von Clausewitz
famously declared that war is the continuation of politics by other means.
Antoine-Henri Jomini and Carl von Clausewitz
were French and Prussian military theorists, respectively, and their practices were used for decades after their time.
The 19th-century Prussian military theorist Carl von Clausewitz
is (too) often cited for his dictum that war is a continuation of politics by other means.
As many of you have probably already surmised, only Carl von Clausewitz
and his volume, On War, can generate such physical and mental reactions in so many.
The Prussian military theorist Carl von Clausewitz
famously observed that in war, everything is very simple, but the simplest things are extremely hard.
The best definition was provided by the theoretician of the art of war, Carl von Clausewitz
, the Prussian soldier and military historian.
He has edited and written extensively on Carl Von Clausewitz
and his theory of war as well as extending his considerable skills as a historian by periodically branching off from his analyses of the history of military strategy with forays into art history, for example, Art as History: Episodes in the Culture and Politics of Nineteenth-Century Germany (Princeton, 1990), and Imagined Battles: Reflections of War in European Art (Chapel Hill, 1997), among other writings on the history of art.
It is the objective of the war, Carl von Clausewitz
wrote in 1832, that determines its value, and it is that value that determines the sacrifices to be made for it both in magnitude and duration.
1) Of course, no discussion of military theory would be complete without mentioning Carl von Clausewitz
, whose "trinity" serves as a foundation for forecasting how the various elements of war's nature may relate to one another in a specific conflict.
Carl von Clausewitz
reminds us that "war is the province of chance," and because our profession is about the management of violence, it is our responsibility to explain the capabilities--and limitations--of what force lone can achieve.
They find more continuity than change in the relationship between the state and war as best explained by Carl von Clausewitz
This classic dictum, given to us by the great military theorist Carl von Clausewitz
, provides the impetus behind this book.