Carl von Clausewitz Essay by Master Researcher

Carl von Clausewitz
An examination of the core ideas of Carl von Clausewitz, a military strategist.
# 86765 | 675 words | 3 sources | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2005 in History (Leaders) , History (European - 18th Century)

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This paper examines the life and ideas of Carl von Clausewitz, the famed military strategist and intellectual who served as a general in the Prussian army in the late nineteenth century. The paper can roughly be divided into three parts, centered around Clausewitz's modern relevance: his core ideas; the misapplication of those ideas in Nazi Germany; and their application in modern warfare."

From the Paper:

"Unlike many individuals who have tried to have an influence on our understanding of war, Carl von Clausewitz was actually successful. He was Prussian general who lived in the late 18th century and early 19th centuries. He has had a significant impact on the way in which we understand war and its place in our world. This impact has been definable and dramatically affected how we understand warfare. The purpose of this paper is to isolate some of Clausewitz's core ideas about warfare and then demonstrate how modern warfare has been affected by these ideas. As examples, I will draw on Nazi Germany - where military theorists misapplied some of Clausewitz's core ideas - and the modern age of warfare - characterized by technology and terrorism. Unlike other war historians and strategists, Clausewitz avoided maxims."

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