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Prologue

Andreas Herberg‐Rothe

in Clausewitz's Puzzle: The Political Theory of War

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199202690
eISBN:
9780191707834
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199202690.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

The prologue explains the fundamental contrasts between the early and the late Clausewitz by reflecting on his analyses of war campaigns. Unfortunately, the erroneous identification of Clausewitz's ... More


Clausewitz's On War: Problems of Text and Translation

Jan Willem Honig

in Clausewitz in the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199232024
eISBN:
9780191716133
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232024.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

The chapter contends that Clausewitz's Vom Kriege exhibits far greater fundamental tensions in the original language than is apparent from the popular and widely acclaimed English translation (On ... More


Clausewitz in the Twenty-First Century

Hew Strachan and Andreas Herberg-Rothe (eds)

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199232024
eISBN:
9780191716133
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232024.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

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 ... More


Clausewitz's Ideas of Strategy and Victory

Beatrice Heuser

in Clausewitz in the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199232024
eISBN:
9780191716133
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232024.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

Clausewitz's definition of strategy, as given in On War, is very unsatisfactory. Taking his own ideas about the relationship between political aims and military means further, one is led to define ... More


The Strategy Bridge: Theory for Practice

Colin S. Gray

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199579662
eISBN:
9780191594458
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579662.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

The Strategy Bridge: Theory for Practice is an original contribution to the general theory of strategy. While heavily indebted to the writings of Carl von Clausewitz, Sun Tzu, and the ... More


Introduction: Surviving Clausewitz

Colin S. Gray

in The Strategy Bridge: Theory for Practice

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199579662
eISBN:
9780191594458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579662.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

Carl von Clausewitz dominates our theories of strategy and war. His thinking is unsurpassed in depth and subtlety, but he is so influential that many of our contemporary theorists do not even attempt ... More


Politics, War, and Strategy

Colin S. Gray

in The Strategy Bridge: Theory for Practice

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199579662
eISBN:
9780191594458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579662.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

A theory of war, perhaps the theory, cannot suffice as a theory of strategy. Strategy is a function that needs to be conducted in peacetime as well as in wartime. Because Clausewitz adheres closely ... More


Conclusion: Bandit Country and the Strategist's Quest for Control

Colin S. Gray

in The Strategy Bridge: Theory for Practice

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199579662
eISBN:
9780191594458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579662.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

It is a risk worth taking to consider the strategist as hero, so challenging is the function that is his uniquely, properly conceived as a whole, as strategic performance which is command ... 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


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


Violence and Power, Politics and War

Patricia Owens

in Between War and Politics: International Relations and the Thought of Hannah Arendt

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199299362
eISBN:
9780191715051
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299362.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, International Relations and Politics

This chapter sets out and analyses Arendt's understandings of the basic meanings of politics and war, violence, and power. Her definition of power — a collective capacity that emerges between people ... More


The Boomerang Effect: On the Imperial Origins of Total War

Patricia Owens

in Between War and Politics: International Relations and the Thought of Hannah Arendt

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199299362
eISBN:
9780191715051
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299362.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, International Relations and Politics

This chapter looks at Arendt's historical analysis of a form of war that still shapes the contemporary world. In particular, the chapter assesses her farsighted and prescient claim that late ... More


Introduction

John Andreas Olsen

in The Practice of Strategy: From Alexander the Great to the Present

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199608638
eISBN:
9780191731754
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608638.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

The introduction focuses on the definition of ‘grand strategy’ and ‘military strategy’, the phenomena and logic of strategy, considerations and factors that shaped imperial and nation‐state politics, ... 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


Conclusion

Colin S. Gray

in The Practice of Strategy: From Alexander the Great to the Present

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199608638
eISBN:
9780191731754
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608638.003.0014
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

In the concluding chapter, Colin Gray examines the dynamics between strategic theory and strategic practice, identifying continuities and changes in strategic experience. He claims that the practice ... More


Theory: Limited War, Moderate Peace, and the Strategy of Indirect Approach

Azar Gat

in Fascist and Liberal Visions of War: Fuller, Liddell Hart, Douhet, and Other Modernists

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198207153
eISBN:
9780191677519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207153.003.0010
Subject:
History, Military History, History of Ideas

This chapter discusses the Liddell Hart's works and theories on the concept of limited war, moderate peace and the strategy of indirect approach. Written in his younger days, most of his theories are ... More


Empiricism and Scientific Methodology

Bas C. van Fraassen

in The Scientific Image

Published in print:
1980
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198244271
eISBN:
9780191597473
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198244274.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Scientific theories do much more than answer empirical questions. This can be understood along empiricist lines only if those other aspects are instrumental for the pursuit of empirical strength and ... 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


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


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


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