|Number of pages||26|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 04 Sep 2019|
This article is concerned with the work of the Prussian soldier and philosopher of war, Carl von Clausewitz (1780-1831). The article examines recent developments in debates about the cotemporary relevance of Clausewitz for strategic thought. The piece surveys the history of misperception and misinterpretation directed at Clausewitz since his death in 1831 as a prelude to arguing for his continued relevance. It argues that much of the criticism directed at Clausewitz is prompted not by any real demonstration of his obsolescence, but is more often rooted in a visceral dislike of past proponents of Clausewitz for their aggressive and militaristic policies. Only an appreciation of the history of the misappropriation of, and the misconceptions surrounding, has the added advantage of assisting the reader in his/her interpretation of Clausewitz. Clausewitz’s Universalist appeal renders him more useful than ever in the twenty-first century, an era of globalisation and fragmentation.
- Clausewitz, Strategy, History of War, Prussia, Germany