On War

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Wilder Publications, 2008 - History - 264 pages
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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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Contents

Introduction
7
Preface to the First Edition
13
The Introduction of the Author
21
13
35
23
41
What Is War?
77
Friction in
83
On the Theory of
96
Elements of Strategy
155
Moral Forces
156
The Chief Moral Powers Military Virtue of an Army
163
The Surprise
173
Assembly of Forces in Space
180
Strategic Reserve
187
On the Suspension of the Act in Warfare
193
Tension and Rest
199

Art or Science of
114
Criticism
123
On Examples
141
Strategy
147
The Combat in General
205
On the Signification of the Combat Duration of the Combat Decision of the Combat Mutual Understanding as to a Battle The Battle
236
Strategic Means of Utilising Victory Retreat after a Lost Battle
260
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