On Wellington: A Critique of Waterloo

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University of Oklahoma Press, 2010 - History - 251 pages
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The Battle of Waterloo has been studied and dissected so extensively that one might assume little more on the subject could be discovered. Now historian Peter Hofschr÷er brings forward a long-repressed commentary written by Carl von Clausewitz, the author of On War.

Clausewitz, the Western world's most renowned military theorist, participated in the Waterloo campaign as a senior staff officer in the Prussian army. His appraisal, offered here in an up-to-date and readable translation, criticized the Duke of Wellington's actions. Lord Liverpool sent his translation of the manuscript to Wellington, who pronounced it a “lying work.” The translated commentary was quickly buried in Wellington's private papers, where it languished for a century and a half. Now published for the first time in English, Hofschr÷er brings Clausewitz's critique back into view with thorough annotation and contextual explanation.

Peter Hofschr÷er, long recognized as a leading scholar of the Napoleonic Wars, shows how the Duke prevented the account's publication during his lifetime—a manipulation of history so successful that almost two centuries passed before Clausewitz's work reemerged, finally permitting a reappraisal of key events in the campaign. In addition to translating and annotating Clausewitz's critique, Hofschr÷er also includes an order of battle and an extensive bibliography.

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This book got the 4th star from its use as a study of the manner in which military history gets written. "History is written by the winners" is a truism that I have often taken exception to. I prefer ... Read full review


Introduction by Peter Hofschroer
The Campaign of 1815 in France 1 The French Armed ForcesOrganization of the Standing Army
Depot Troops and the Armee Extraordinaire

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Carl von Clausewitz (1780-1831) was a Prussian soldier and a military theorist. His book On War is to this day essential reading for military strategists.

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