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Old 06-01-2008, 09:40 PM   #1
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Clausewitz, Carl, von, General: On War. eReader. 1 June 2008

From Wikipedia: "Carl von Clausewitz was a Prussian officer among those baffled by how the armies of the French Revolution and Napoleon had changed the nature of war through their ability to motivate the populace and thus unleash war on a greater scale than had previously been the case in Europe. Clausewitz was well educated and had a strong interest in art, science, and education, but he was a professional soldier who spent a considerable part of his life fighting against Napoleon. There is no doubt that the insights he gained from his experiences, combined with a solid grasp of European history, provided much of the raw material for the book. On War represents the compilation of his most cogent observations."

"Note: Clausewitz states that Napoleon's tactics were not revolutionary at all and that Napoleonic Warfare did not change anything greatly in military history. The technology of weaponry for the most part remained static, and new strategies weren't developed, but rather Napoleon refurbished old ones, mixing them into one grand strategy."

Criticism (also from Wikipedia): "writing in his introduction to Sun Tzu's Art of War, B.H. Liddell Hart stated that Civilization might have been spared much of the damage suffered in the world wars of this century if the influence of Clausewitz's monumental tomes On War, which molded European military thought in the era preceding the First World War, had been blended with and balanced by a knowledge of Sun Tzu's exposition on `The Art of War'. This comment is tempered by the comment that the ill-effects of Clausewitz's teaching arose largely from his disciples' too shallow and too extreme interpretation of it, but it remains an influential criticism. Extracted from "The Art of War (UNESCO Collection of Representative Works)" Samuel B. Griffith"
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Old 06-19-2008, 12:01 AM   #2
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Is this the whole book? Do we know how to get it in any other format?
I've tried converting this one - I've found nothing that works.
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Is this the whole book? Do we know how to get it in any other format?
I've tried converting this one - I've found nothing that works.
This book was formatted for eReader from a text file downloaded from Project Gutenberg. In English General von Clausewitz is simply called "Clausewitz." Do an author search on that name. It's listed on the Gutenberg site as "Vol 1," but this is the complete book. General von Clausewitz died before he completed the work, but the Gutenberg text has subheadings for Books I through IV.

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6charlong -

You might want to visit the Wikipedia page on Clausewitz again. It is much updated and improved since you extracted your quotes and notes. You should probably revise what you wrote earlier and/or just point people to Wikipedia.
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OK - I gave up finding a complete eBook so I made one myself. I worked in colaboration with The Clausewitz Homepage at www.clausewitz.com and got them to give me their text (the only complete electric text on the planet). I then made a professional quality eBook of it. Just posted it here today. Check it out.
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