Monday, August 6, 2007

Carl von Clausewitz (1780-1831)

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It is clear that war is not a mere act of policy but a true political instrument, a continuation of political activity by other means


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Prussian general and military strategist in the Napoleonic wars and Director of the Prussian war college. Clausewitz's unfinished On War was published the year after his death. He is remembered for his pronouncement that war is merely the continuation of policy by other means but that war can only be waged under certain circumstances. The work is certainly influenced by Sun Tzu's The Art of War and Machiavelli's The Prince. He remains the most frequently cited, controversial, and the most modern military strategist.

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