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Clausewitz's Puzzle: The Political Theory of War

Andreas Herberg-Rothe


This book argues that Clausewitz developed a wide-ranging political theory of war by reflecting not only on the success, but also on the limitations and the failure of Napoleon's method of waging war. Successes, failures, and defeats of Napoleon forced Clausewitz to reflect on questions that went beyond purely military matters and led him to develop a political theory of war. Analyses of three paradigmatic campaigns — which are symbolized by Jena, Moscow, and Waterloo — are placed at the center of understanding surrounding Clausewitz's On War and it's inherent problems, like the relation of ab ... More

Keywords: political theory, war campaigns, wondrous trinity, trinitarian war, dialectical approach, absolute, real war, defense, attack, primacy of politics

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199202690
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199202690.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andreas Herberg-Rothe, author
Private Lecturer, Institute for Social Sciences, Humboldt-University Berlin

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