Combat in Context

November 2008
Military History;Nov/Dec2008, Vol. 25 Issue 5, p27
The author reflects on the influence of politics on war. The author states that an analytic look at the wars of the past two centuries suggests that Carl von Clausewitz was accurate as a historian. According to the author, it remains impossible to understand why a war has broken out or how it progresses militarily without understanding the political context in which such conflict unfolds. The author asserts that even on the battlefield, political factors can influence the outcome.


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