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The Prussian military thinker Carl von Clausewitz is widely acknowledged as the most important of the classical strategic thinkers. Even though he's been dead for nearly two centuries, he remains a powerful living influence: the most frequently cited, the most controversial, and in many respects the most modern of strategic theorists. This website is intended as a central source for information, articles, and arguments about the man and his ideas. It also includes a great deal of ancillary information (e.g., on Clausewitz-related tourism, graphics, humor) that may be of use to those researching, writing, or teaching about Clausewitz. It is designed to accommodate anyone interested in understanding human strategies, including not only scholarly researchers on Clausewitz but also students and faculty in professional military education (PME) institutions, business schools, and other organizations concerned with human competition and conflict. For a general description of The Clausewitz Homepage and its contents, click here.

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NEW! from
Carl von Clausewitz and Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. On Waterloo: Clausewitz, Wellington, and the Campaign of 1815.
Ed./trans. Christopher Bassford, Daniel Moran, and Gregory W. Pedlow.
Published 2010 by

ISBN-10: 1453701508
ISBN-13: 9781453701508
Paperback, 318pp.
List price: $18.00.
Kindle edition US
Barnes & Noble Nook version
Kindle edition UK

"ON WATERLOO is essential reading for those seeking an understanding of Clausewitz’s distinctive approach to historical case study as the basis of practical knowledge of armed conflict." Jon T. Sumida
This book is built around a new and complete translation of Carl von Clausewitz's study of the Waterloo campaign (Berlin: 1835) and the Duke of Wellington's detailed 1842 response to it. It contains Wellington's initial battle report; two of Clausewitz's post-battle letters to his wife Marie; correspondence within Wellington's circle concerning Clausewitz's work; Clausewitz's 58-chapter campaign study; Wellington's 7000-word memorandum in response; and enlightening essays by the editors. The Campaign of 1815 was Clausewitz's last campaign study and its findings were never incorporated into his famous treatise On War. Thus, since this is the first published English translation, most readers will find it new material. See Reviews: Journal of Military History, War in History.

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