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Tolstoy and Clausewitz: The Dialectics of War

Andreas Herberg-Rothe

in Tolstoy On War: Narrative Art and Historical Truth in “War and Peace”

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801448980
eISBN:
9780801465895
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801448980.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter compares Leo Tolstoy's ideas with those of Carl von Clausewitz, who, although a Prussian, participated as a Russian staff officer in the 1812 campaign. An episode occurring just before ... More


Busting the Icon: Restoring Balance to the Influence of Clausewitz

Phillip S. Meilinger

in Thoughts on War

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780813178899
eISBN:
9780813178905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813178899.003.0002
Subject:
History, Military History

Carl von Clausewitz has had a massive influence on military officers. One faculty member at a US war college had spent most of his academic life teaching Clausewitz and would brook no contrary word. ... More


War and Peace before Sociology: Social Theorizing on Violence from Thomas Hobbes to the Napoleonic Wars

Hans Joas and Wolfgang Knöbl

in War in Social Thought: Hobbes to the Present

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691150840
eISBN:
9781400844746
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691150840.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Social Theory

This chapter provides an overview of the key arguments in the debate on war and peace carried on from the time of Thomas Hobbes up to the Napoleonic Wars between philosophers, political economists, ... More


Tolstoy and Clausewitz: The Duel as a Microcosm of War

Rick Mcpeak

in Tolstoy On War: Narrative Art and Historical Truth in “War and Peace”

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801448980
eISBN:
9780801465895
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801448980.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter demonstrates how parallels between the military theories of Leo Tolstoy and Carl von Clausewitz play out in the fictional narrative of War and Peace. Both Tolstoy and Clausewitz ... More


Urban Guerrilla Warfare

Anthony James Joes

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813124377
eISBN:
9780813134833
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813124377.001.0001
Subject:
History, Military History

Guerrilla insurgencies continue to rage across the globe, fueled by ethnic and religious conflict and the easy availability of weapons. At the same time, urban population centers in both ... More


Thoughts on War

Phillip S. Meilinger

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780813178899
eISBN:
9780813178905
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813178899.001.0001
Subject:
History, Military History

In these provocative essays, military historian Phillip Meilinger explores timeless issues. Beginning with an iconoclastic look at the ideas of Carl von Clausewitz, Meilinger sees an unfortunate ... More


“The Highest Rule”: Rommel as Military Genius

Antulio J. Echevarria II

in El Alamein and the Struggle for North Africa: International Perspectives from the Twenty-first Century

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9789774165818
eISBN:
9781617971297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:
10.5743/cairo/9789774165818.003.0009
Subject:
History, Military History

Of the many excellent commanders on both sides in the Desert War, Erwin Rommel and Bernard Montgomery are the most celebrated. Their roles as leaders are examined, measuring Rommel against ... More


On Small War: Carl von Clausewitz and People's War

Sibylle Scheipers

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780198799047
eISBN:
9780191839566
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198799047.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

Carl von Clausewitz is best known as the paradigmatic thinker of major interstate war. However, as this book demonstrates, Clausewitz developed his theory of war on the basis of his analysis of small ... More


Strategy and the Multidimensional Trinity

James Gow

in War and War Crimes: The Military, Legitimacy and Success in Armed Conflict

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780199327027
eISBN:
9780199388127
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199327027.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

This chapter sheds new light on the relevance of understanding modern warfare. Its main focus is on the connection between the changed nature of warfare and strategy, as well as measuring success in ... More


Is War an Instrument of Policy?

Phillip S. Meilinger

in Thoughts on War

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780813178899
eISBN:
9780813178905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813178899.003.0003
Subject:
History, Military History

One of Carl Clausewitz's most famous dictums is that “war is an instrument of policy.” Yet, few writers over the past two centuries have attempted to define what is meant by the term “policy.”  ... More


Introduction

Hans Joas and Wolfgang Knöbl

in War in Social Thought: Hobbes to the Present

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691150840
eISBN:
9781400844746
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691150840.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Social Theory

This book examines the “early history” of social theories on war, beginning with Thomas Hobbes. It explores the key arguments in the debate on war and peace carried on from Hobbes to the Napoleonic ... More


What Is Counterinsurgency Meant to Counter?: The Puzzle of Insurgency

M.L.R. Smith and David Martin Jones

in The Political Impossibility of Modern Counterinsurgency: Strategic Problems, Puzzles, and Paradoxes

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231170000
eISBN:
9780231539128
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170000.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

This chapter examines whether counterinsurgency possesses any unique attributes that distinguish it from the classical understanding of war. It begins by analyzing the meaning of the term insurgency, ... More


A Procedural Approach to Quality Peace

Erik Melander

in The Peace Continuum: What It Is and How to Study It

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780190680121
eISBN:
9780190680169
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190680121.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

This chapter lays out the measure of peace developed by Erik Melander. As he sees it, peace concerns the conduct of politics with respect for physical integrity rights, using consensual decision ... More


The History of Counterfactual History from Leibniz to Clausewitz

Catherine Gallagher

in Telling It Like It Wasn't: The Counterfactual Imagination in History and Fiction

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226512389
eISBN:
9780226512556
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226512556.003.0002
Subject:
History, Historiography

This chapter focusses on the use of historical counterfactuals in eighteenth-century Europe, concentrating on their increasing employment in two areas of thought: religious controversy and military ... More


The Generalship of Muhammad, the Prophet of Allah

Russ Rodgers

in The Generalship of Muhammad: Battles and Campaigns of the Prophet of Allah

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780813037660
eISBN:
9780813043104
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813037660.003.0009
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

The closing chapter examines the military techniques of Muhammad, both in insurgency and conventional operations, by placing him within the known military science of his era and beyond. His field ... More


War as an Alternative Reality

Mark Juergensmeyer

in God at War: A Meditation on Religion and Warfare

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780190079178
eISBN:
9780190079208
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190079178.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Chapter 2 explores the possibility that the idea of war is an imagined alternative reality. First, a former militant in the Sikh separatist movement explains how the idea of warfare permeated the ... More


Summation: The Emergence of a Paradigm

Phillip S. Meilinger

in Thoughts on War

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780813178899
eISBN:
9780813178905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813178899.003.0015
Subject:
History, Military History

The final chapter is an overview of the entire book, which leads to a new paradigm of war. Starting with a past overemphasis on bloody battle inherited from Clausewitz, it then proceeds through ... More


The Mutable Nature of War

Phillip S. Meilinger

in Thoughts on War

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780813178899
eISBN:
9780813178905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813178899.003.0004
Subject:
History, Military History

The third chapter was written after listening to several ground officers and historians argue that the nature of war was unchanging and immutable. One stated that war as experienced by an ancient ... More


Ancient Principles for Future Battlefields: Applying Sun Tzu’s Principles

Mark McNeilly

in Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2015
ISBN:
9780199957859
eISBN:
9780190252717
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199957859.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, International Relations and Politics

This chapter compares the ideas of Sun Tzu with those of the West’s leading military theorist, the Prussian Carl von Clausewitz. It examines how Sun Tzu’s principles can be applied in the face of ... More


The Motif of Sacrifice in the Literature and Culture of the Second World War

Mark Rawlinson

in Sacrifice and Modern War Literature: The Battle of Waterloo to the War on Terror

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780198806516
eISBN:
9780191844126
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198806516.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter explores how Anglophone literature and culture envisioned and questioned an economy of sacrificial exchange, particularly its symbolic aspect, as driving the compulsions entangled in the ... More


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