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Clausewitz In The Twenty First Century

Author: Hew Strachan
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191647624
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Clausewitz's On War has, at least until very recently, been regarded as the most important work of theory on its subject. But since the end of the Cold War in 1990, and even more since the 9/11 attacks on the United states in 2001, an increasing number of commentators have argued that On War has lost its analytical edge as a tool for understanding war. They have argued that Clausewitz was concerned solely with inter-state war and with properly defined armies, and that the sorts of conflicts which he discussed are therefore part of a historical pattern which dominated Europe between 1648, the end of the Thirty Years War, and 1990 itself. Some have gone further, and suggested that Clausewitz's best known aphorism, that war is a continuation of policy by other means, is not only irrelevant today but also inapplicable historically. Clausewitz in the Twenty-First Century reconsiders the principal themes in Clausewitz's writings from a contemporary perspective, and finds in them much more inspiration and insight than these generalisations allow. Embracing the perspectives of history, philosophy and political science, the book reconsiders both the text and its current implications. Traditional interpretations of On War are put into fresh light; neglected passages are re-examined; and new insights are derived from the conjunction between Clausewitz's text and today's challenges. This book is a project of the Oxford Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War.

Rebooting Clausewitz

Author: Christopher Coker
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190656530
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Rebooting Clausewitz offers an entirely new take on the work of history's greatest theorist of war. Written for an undergraduate readership that often struggles with Clausewitz's master work On War--a book that is often considered too philosophical and impenetrably dense--it seeks to unpack some of Clausewitz's key insights on theory and strategy. In three fictional interludes Clausewitz attends a seminar at West Point; debates the War on Terror at a Washington think tank; and visits a Robotics Institute in Santa Fe where he discusses how scientists are reshaping the future of war. Three separate essays situate Clausewitz in the context of his times, discuss his understanding of the culture of war, and the extent to which two other giants--Thucydides and Sun Tzu--complement his work. Some years ago the philosopher W.B. Gallie argued that Clausewitz needed to be 'saved from the Clausewitzians'. Clausewitz doesn't need saving and his commentators have contributed a great deal to our understanding of On War's seminal status as a text. But too often they tend to conduct a conversation between themselves. This book is an attempt to let a wider audience into the conversation.

Carl Von Clausewitz

Author: Lennart Souchon
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 3813209393
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Nicht nur in der Eurokrise und im Afghanistankonflikt dominieren prioritäre Entscheidungen die langfristig sinnvollen. Die zögerliche Grundhaltung vieler Entscheidungsträger, parteiliche Zwänge und langwierige Abstimmungsprozesse minimieren jedes Resultat auf einen kleinsten gemeinsamen Nenner. Clausewitz ist heute so aktuell, weil in nahezu allen Führungsbereichen eine strategische Kultur neu zu begründen notwendig geworden ist. Über Clausewitz, der als überragend denkender Stratege weltweit anerkannt ist, sind zahlreiche Werke veröffentlicht worden. "Carl von Clausewitz: Stra tegie im 21. Jahrhundert" interpretiert seine Kernaussagen für das Wissen und Können von Führungspersönlichkeiten, die sich mühelos auf politische, wirtschaftliche und alle anderen Bereiche menschlichen Handelns anwenden lassen. Es ist das erste Buch, das strategisches Denken und Handeln als Ergebnis vorweist. Das Buch offeriert Methoden, wie sie Clausewitz zum Umgang mit Friktionen in einem komplexen Geschehen – unter hohem Risiko – gegen einen ebenbürtigen Gegner entwickelt hat und bietet ein Grundwissen für eine strategische Kultur im 21. Jahrhundert.

Clausewitz Goes Global

Author: Reiner Pommerin
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 3937885781
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This Festschrift commemorates the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Clausewitz-Society in the Federal Republic of Germany of 1961. This volume follows the intentions of the Clausewitz-Society as described by one of its former presidents: “to view the current tasks of politics and strategy as reflected in the insights of Carl von Clausewitz and thus examine which of the principles and insights formulated by Clausewitz are still important today and are thus endowed with an enduring validity”. The board and the members of the Clausewitz-Society therefore supported the idea to examine how and when the works of Clausewitz have been interpreted in selected countries of our world; further, the goal here has been to analyze the role that Clausewitz’s thought still plays in these countries. This book is the paperback version of the 2011 published hardcover.

The Character Of War In The 21st Century

Author: Caroline Holmqvist-Jonsäter
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135183562
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This edited volume addresses the relationship between the essential nature of war and its character at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

Der Krieg

Author: Andreas Herberg-Rothe
Publisher: Campus Verlag
ISBN: 3593437759
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"Neue Kriege", "kleine Kriege", "hybride Kriege", "asymmetrische Kriege" - in den vergangenen Jahren hat sich die Sicht von Historikern und Politikwissenschaftlern auf das Phänomen Krieg, das die Menschheit seit ihren Anfängen begleitet, erheblich gewandelt. Andreas Herberg-Rothe zeichnet in dieser grundlegenden, nun in 2., erheblich erweiterter Auflage erschienenen Einführung ein umfassendes Bild des Krieges: Er stellt Ursachen und Formen des Krieges ebenso vor wie dessen Akteure oder den Aspekt des Tötens im Krieg. Immer wieder nimmt er dabei ausführlich Bezug auf die neuen Kriege, die uns im 21. Jahrhundert drohen. "Ich wüsste aktuell keine deutschsprachige Darstellung, die ähnlich vielfältig und gedankenreich das Thema Krieg in so knapper Form bewältigt." Süddeutsche Zeitung "Eine hervorragende Einführung in die Thematik." Die Zeit

Tense Future

Author: Paul K. Saint-Amour
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190266295
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We know that trauma can leave syndromes in its wake. But can the anticipation of violence be a form of violence as well? Tense Future argues that it can-that twentieth-century war technologies and practices, particularly the aerial bombing of population centers, introduced non-combatants to a coercive and traumatizing expectation. During wartime, civilians braced for the next raid; during peacetime they braced for the next war. The pre-traumatic stress they experienced permeates the century's public debates and cultural works. In a series of groundbreaking readings, Saint-Amour illustrates how air war prophets theorized the wounding power of anticipation, how archive theory changed course in war's shadow, and how speculative fiction conjured visions of a civilizational collapse that would end literacy itself. And in this book's central chapters, he shows us how Ford Madox Ford, Robert Musil, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and other interwar modernist writers faced the memory of one war and the prospect of another, some by pitting their fictions' encyclopedic scale and formal turbulence against total war, others by conceding war's inevitability while refusing to long for a politically regressive peace. Total war: a conflict that exempts no one, disregarding any difference between soldier and civilian. Tense Future forever alters our understanding of the concept of total war by tracing its emergence during the First World War, its incubation in air power theory between the wars, and above all its profound partiality. For total war, during most of the twentieth century, meant conflict between imperial nation states; it did not include the violence those states routinely visited on colonial subjects during peacetime. Tacking back and forth between metropole and colony, between world war and police action, Saint-Amour describes the interwar refashioning of a world system of violence-production, one that remains largely intact in our own moment of perpetual interwar.

Reading Clausewitz

Author: Beatrice Heuser
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448113954
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Clausewitz's On War, first published in 1832, remains the most famous study of the nature and conditions of warfare. Contemporaries found him 'endearing' or 'totally unpalatable', while later generations called him 'the father of modern strategical study', whose tenets have 'eternal relevance', or dismissed him as outdated. Was it really he who made the discovery that warfare is a continuation of politics? Was he the 'Mahdi of mass and mutual massacre', in part responsible for the mass slaughter of the First World War, as Liddell Hart contended? Can the idea of total war be traced back to him? Complex and often misunderstood, Clausewitz has fascinated and influenced generations of politicians and strategic thinkers. Beatrice Heuser's study is the first book, not only on how to read Clausewitz, but also on how others have read him - from the Prussian and German masters of warfare of the late nineteenth century through to the military commanders of the First World War, through Lenin and Mao Zedong to strategists in the nuclear age and of guerrilla warfare. The result is an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the work and influence of the greatest classic on the art of war.