Although Carl von Clausewitz participated in many military campaigns, he was primarily a military theorist interested in the examination of war. On War is the West's premier work on the philosophy of war. Other soldiers before him had written treatises on various military subjects, but none undertook a great philosophical examination of war on the scale of Clausewitz's. On War is considered to be the first modern book of military strategy. This is due mainly to Clausewitz' integration of political, social, and economic issues as some of the most important factors in deciding the outcomes of a war. It is one of the most important treatises on strategy ever written, and continues to be required reading at many military academies.
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Preface to the First Edition
The Introduction of the Author
What Is War?
On the Theory of
Elements of Strategy
The Chief Moral Powers Military Virtue of an Army
Assembly of Forces in Space
On the Suspension of the Act in Warfare
Tension and Rest
Art or Science of
The Combat in General
On the Signification of the Combat Duration of the Combat Decision of the Combat Mutual Understanding as to a Battle The Battle
Strategic Means of Utilising Victory Retreat after a Lost Battle
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