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Clausewitz in the Twenty-First Century

Hew Strachan and Andreas Herberg-Rothe


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 e ... More

Keywords: war, Clausewitz, On War, strategy, policy, Cold War, new wars, terrorism, inter-state war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199232024
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232024.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hew Strachan, editor
Chichele Professor of the History of War, University of Oxford
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Andreas Herberg-Rothe, editor
Private Lecturer, Institute for Social Sciences, Humboldt-University Berlin

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