Clausewitz: A Very Short Introduction
Description: Karl von Clausewitz (1780-1831) is considered by many to have been one of the greatest writers on war. His study On War was described by the American strategic thinker Bernard Brodie as "not simply the greatest, but the only great book about war." It is hard to disagree. Even though he wrote his only major work at a time when the range of firearms was fifty yards, much of what he had to say remains relevant today.
In this introduction, Michael Howard explains Clausewitz's ideas in terms both of his experiences as a professional soldier in the Napoleonic Wars, and of the intellectual background of his time. He outlines Clausewitz's enduring theory of war, making it of continuing interest to military historians and those interested in the logistics and tactics of war. He also draws links between Clausewitz's theory and how this relates to his experiences in the Napoleonic wars.
Place and publisher: Oxford: Oxford University Press
Date of publication: 2012
Number of pages: 96
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"Wellington's momentous victory over Napoleon was the culminating point of a brilliant military career. Yet Wellington's achievements were far from over: he commanded the allied army of occupation in France to the end of 1818, returned home to a seat in Lord Liverpool's cabinet, and became prime minister in 1828. He later served as a senior minister in Peel's government and remained Commander-in-Chief of the Army for a decade until his death in 1852.
In this richly detailed work, the second and concluding volume of Rory Muir's definitive biography, the author offers a substantial reassessment of Wellington's significance as a politician and a nuanced view of the private man behind the legend of the selfless hero. Muir presents new insights into Wellington's determination to keep peace at home and abroad, achieved by maintaining good relations with the Continental powers and resisting radical agitation while granting political equality to the Catholics in Ireland rather than risk civil war. And countering one-dimensional pictures of Wellington as a national hero, Muir paints a portrait of a well-rounded man whose austere demeanor on the public stage belied his entertaining, gossipy, generous, and unpretentious private self.
Rory Muir is visiting research fellow, School of History and Politics, University of Adelaide. He is the author of several previous books related to Wellington's career, including the first volume of this two-volume set, Wellington: The Path to Victory, 1769–1814. He lives in Australia".
The accompanying Commentary of Rory Muir's two-volume biography of Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington has been made available by Yale University Press to read online or as a free download on the website of the biography here. The Commentary, originally written by Rory Muir for his own use, is the extended text from the first volume of Rory Muir's definitive biography, Wellington: The Path to Victory, 1769-1814.
Place and publisher: Newhaven and London, Yale University Press
Date of publication: 2015
Number of pages: 728
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