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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


A Search for Objective Knowledge

Antulio J. Echevarria II

in Clausewitz and Contemporary War

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199231911
eISBN:
9780191716171
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231911.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter discusses Clausewitz's purpose in writing On War. He attempted to construct a body of objective (verifiable) knowledge, a theory, of war. He hoped others might use this theory as a basis ... More


Clausewitz and Information Warfare

David Lonsdale

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/9780199232024.003.0014
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

Many of the theories on war in the information age predict substantial changes to the character of war. Should these changes come to pass, the very nature of war could be transformed. This could have ... More


Clausewitz and the Non‐Linear Nature of Warfare: Systems of Organized Complexity

Alan Beyerchen

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/9780199232024.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

Clausewitz availed himself of the physics and mathematics terminology of his time, some of which addressed problems of simplicity with Newtonian concepts, while some treated problems of disorganized ... More


Introduction

Hidemi Suganami

in On the Causes of War

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198273387
eISBN:
9780191684043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273387.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

The study of international relations in general, and that of the causes of war in particular, is dominated by ‘non-philosophers.’ This book investigates the causes of war by focusing on three ... More


Respites or Resolutions?: Recurring Crises and the Origins of War

Arthur A. Stein

in The Next Great War?: The Roots of World War I and the Risk of U.S.-China Conflict

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780262028998
eISBN:
9780262326773
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262028998.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Security Studies

Historians disagree whether World War I represented a “war by design” or a miscalculation, an accident that need not have happened. If the latter, scholars observe that recurrent crises might become ... More


From Small Wars to On War: Clausewitz’s Systematic Integration of People’s War into His Theory of War

Sibylle Scheipers

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

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780198799047
eISBN:
9780191839566
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198799047.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

Chapter 5 traces the lines from Clausewitz’s early intellectual engagement with small war to his magnum opus, On War. It shows how Clausewitz’s lifelong concern with the integration of reason and ... More


Introduction

Donna Tussing Orwin

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/9780801448980.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This introductory chapter provides a reading of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace from different perspectives. It first views the novel as “literature”, describing War and Peace as both the quintessential ... More


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