Writing at the time of Napoleon's greatest campaigns, Prussian soldier and writer Carl von Clausewitz created this landmark treatise on the art of warfare, which presented war as part of a coherent system of political thought.
In line with Napoleon's own military actions, he illustrated the need to annihilate the enemy and make a strong display of one's power in an 'absolute war' without compromise. But he was also careful to distinguish between war and politics, arguing that war could only be justified when debate was no longer adequate, and that if undertaken, its aim should ultimately be to improve the wellbeing of the nation.
An interesting but dated read on one of humankind's central endeavors: War. We're probably all familiar with Clausewitz's phrase that "war is the continuation of politics by other means" but we may not know much else about this soldier, thinker and writer. His work is regarded as one of the central writings about war in the whole pantheon of war literature. What many do not realize is that this compilation was always regarded by the author as incomplete and a work continuously in progress. A grasp of Frederick the Great and Napoleon's campaigns would provide a reader a greater reference to many topics Clausewitz discusses....Continua