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By Antulio J. Echevarria II

Whereas many students agree that Clausewitz's On battle is often misunderstood, virtually none have explored his method to work out no matter if it could actually improve our figuring out of his strategies. This ebook lays out Clausewitz's method in a brisk and easy sort. It then makes use of that as a foundation for realizing his contributions to the ever turning out to be physique of information of battle. the explicit contributions this examine addresses are Clausewitz's theories about the nature of warfare, the connection among warfare and politics, and a number of other of the foremost ideas of approach he tested. those theories and ideas lie on the middle of the present debates over the character of latest clash. additionally they underpin a lot of the guide that prepares army and civilian leaders for his or her roles within the improvement and execution of army approach. therefore, they're very important even in circles the place Clausewitz is simply in brief studied. whereas knowing On struggle is not any extra a prerequisite for successful wars than wisdom is a demand for exercise energy, Clausewitz's opus has turn into whatever of an authoritative reference for these intending to extend their wisdom of struggle. via linking process and thought, this publication contributes considerably therefore.

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Linnaeus (1707–78) was most noted for his study of plants, but he also founded the modern system of taxonomy. Under Linnaeus’s system, genera were grouped into orders, orders into classes, and classes into kingdoms: the animal kingdom contained the class Vertebrata, which contained the order Primates, which contained the genus Homo with the species sapiens—humanity. This system is still in use today, though with modifications. L. Koerner, Linnaeus: Nature and Nation (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999).

Vom Kriege, I/3, 234, 237; On War, 102; English translations of On War also render Überblick (or comprehensive glance), which appears in Book VIII, chapter 1, as coup d’œil. 45. Vom Kriege, undated note, 182; On War, 71. 46. Vom Kriege, II/2, 298–9; On War, 146. 47. Katherine L. Herbig, ‘Chance and Uncertainty in On War’, Clausewitz and Modern Strategy, 95–116; Paret, Clausewitz, 55; Heuser, Reading Clausewitz, 73. 48. In 1981, Roger Sperry won the Nobel Prize for his work on the notion of the two-sided brain, where the right hemisphere was deemed to be more creative and holistic, and the left more analytical and sequential.

Clausewitz also used this method when examining other concepts, such as the engagement, defense, and attack. Of course, the principal danger with this method is that it is all too easy for readers to miss subtle but crucial turns in his argument and, thus, to mistake the observations or findings drawn from his theoretical analysis of a concept for more than they are. A point made at the beginning of a chapter based on a search for the logical truth of a concept might be contradicted later when its material truth was considered.

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