Politics and War: Clausewitz's Paradoxical Equation

September 2010
Parameters: U.S. Army War College;Fall2010, Vol. 40 Issue 3, p1
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The article discusses the views on politics and war expressed by the military theorist Carl von Clausewitz in his book "On War." It focuses on his well-known dictum that war is an instrument of policy, arguing that the depth of Clausewitz's thought on this topic is often unrecognized. The tension between his descriptive analysis of war and his prescriptive theories on best practice is emphasized.


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