CLAUSEWITZ DRINKING WITH STEIN AND GNEISENAU IN 1815
Detail of Painting "Die Tafelrunde" by Josef Schneider
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War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen and unsupposed circumstances that no human wisdom can calculate the end. It has but one thing certain, and that is to increase taxes.
The well-known is such because it is well-known, not because it is known.
We sometimes find Clausewitz referred to or used in contexts that are not primarily military-political, military-historical, or military-theoretical. Sometimes these contexts are artistic, literary, business-related, or ideological. Here are some links to websites which refer to Clausewitz in these or other contexts. Some of the older links' targets have disappeared, but we retain the links for historical purposes.
War and wildlife: the Clausewitz connection
Carl von Clausewitz might seem an unusual thinker to invoke in the name of wildlife protection but his insights into the nature of war provide a unique perspective into an arena that arguably poses more complex moral questions of responsibility to protect than with humans. The increasingly dangerous world of wildlife conservation offers a prism for examining many issues linked to sovereignty, especially in developing countries. This study highlights how the commercial rewards of the wildlife trade have fed into problems surrounding national security such as corruption, sub-state insurgency and state legality. These factors have led to the growing militarization of wildlife protection and, in turn, raise a fundamental question: is it ever right for an outside actor to ignore international convention to save a species from extinction?
WIKIPEDIA'S list of cultural references to Clausewitz(as of 17 FEB 2011) (Also see our Clausewitz Videos page)
1945: In That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis, Lord Feverstone (Dick Devine) defends rudely cutting off another professor by saying "[...] but then I take the Clauswitz view. Total war is the most humane in the long run."
1955: In Ian Fleming's novel Moonraker, James Bond reflects that he has achieved Clausewitz's first principle in securing his base, though this base is a relationship for intelligence purposes and not a military installation.
1977: In The Wars by Timothy Findley, a novel about a nineteen-year-old Canadian officer who serves in World War I, one of his fellow soldiers reads Clauswitz's On War, and occasionally quotes some of its passages.
2000: In the Ethan Stark military science fiction book series by John G. Hemry, Clausewitz is often quoted by Private Mendoza and his father Lieutenant Mendoza to explain events that unfold during the series.
2004: Bob Dylan mentions Clausewitz on pages 41 and 45 of his Chronicles: Volume One, saying he had "a morbid fascination with this stuff," that "Clausewitz in some ways is a prophet," and that reading Clausewitz can make you "take your own thoughts a little less seriously." Dylan says that Vom Kriege was one of the books he looked through among those he found in his friend's personal library as a young man playing at The Gaslight Cafe in Greenwich Village
1962: In the film Lawrence of Arabia, General Allenby (Jack Hawkins) contends to T. E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) that "I fight like Clausewitz, you fight likeSaxe." To which Lawrence replies, "We should do very well indeed, shouldn't we?"
1977: In Sam Peckinpah's film Cross of Iron, Feldwebel Steiner (James Coburn) has an ironic conversation in the trenches between hostilities with the advancing Red Army with his comrade, Cpl. Schnurrbart, in which they refer to German philosophers and their views on war. Cpl. Schnurrbart: " ...and von Clausewitz said, 'war is a continuation of state policy by other means.'" "Yes," Steiner says, overlooking the trenches, " ...by other means."
1995: In the film Crimson Tide, the naval officers of the nuclear submarine have a discussion about the meaning of the quote "War is a continuation of politics by other means." The executive officer (Denzel Washington) contends that the interpretation of Clausewitz's ideas by the captain (Gene Hackman) is too simplistic.
2007: In the film Lions for Lambs, during a military briefing in Afghanistan Lt. Col. Falco (Peter Berg) says: "Remember your von Clausewitz: 'Never engage the same enemy for too long or he will ...'", "adapt to your tactics", completes another soldier.
2009: In the film Law Abiding Citizen, Clausewitz is frequently quoted by Clyde Shelton, the main character played by Gerard Butler.
2012: In The Gatekeepers (film), Ayalon quotes Carl von Clausewitz — getting one of the film’s very rare laughs by wryly describing the great military theorist as being smart even though he doesn’t seem to have been Jewish — who defined “victory” as constituting an improvement of one’s political situation
The Children's Illustrated Clausewitz
This actually looks pretty good. It really is a book on Clausewitz designed for kids (and possibly young political science professors). Sometime when you have time to kill, try to plow through it. See the completed Book I and Caitlin Fitzgerald, "The Children's Illustrated Clausewitz." The Kickstarter orders have all been delivered or at least are en route and the publisher is selling the book directly.
Caitlin Fitz Gerald, The Children's Illustrated Clausewitz, Volume I (London/Perth/Nairobi/Oaxaca: Helios House Press, 2021). ISBN: 978-1-911683-00-1
See also Spencer Ackerman, "The Bible of Western War, Now Featuring Cartoon Animals." Wired, 18 July 2011. Military History Quarterly review. Kickstarter Campaign (2020).
BURG: Clausewitz's Home Town
Search the Burg website for other references to Clausewitz.
Also see Clausewitz Tourism
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This is a contribution from Olaf Thiel und Bernd Domsgen of The Clausewitz Society
in Clausewitz's hometown of Burg, Germany.
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Clausewitz as Art
Ansichten der Gegend um Clausewitz 2002
In "Ansichten der Gegend um Clausewitz" (exemplarischer Aufzug "Konflikt-strategien") wird die Bühne der Konflikte auf die abstrakte Ebene der strategischen Planung verschoben. Alle vier Wände des Raumes bedecken Wandzeichnungen, die Gostner mit Kohle aufgetragen hat. Es sind Planskizzen von historischen Schlachten von der Antike bis heute. Die formal bestechenden Schlachtenpläne fungieren für Gostner als ästhetische Manifestationen und zugleich als spezielle Modelle, die für den Krieg, eine spezifische Form der Organisation von politischen Interessens-gegensätzen und Gewalt, entwickelt wurden. Die Diagramme könnten jedoch ebenso auf andere, alltägliche Konfliktformen verweisen.
Hiko Yoshitaka, Contro Clausewitz, 1999, pastelli su carta, cm 23 x 30
Another Artist Confronts Clausewitz
... a victim of misinformed US Army instruction.
Clausewitz and Pynchon:
Post-Romantic War in Gravity's Rainbow
Nick Spencer, Emory University
[This disappeared from original URL: http://prometheus.cc.emory.edu/panels/4E/Spencer.html. We recovered this from The Web Archive.]
Hey, these guys actually make toy soldiers.... [Link disappeared.]
by Paul Mann, Department of English, Pomona College (1996). 29 references to Clausewitz.
Eva von Clausewitz: Fashion Designer
Clausewitz in High Fashion. Eva (now Eva Vanecek) is descended from one of Carl von Clausewitz's brothers. Best known for her reproductions of Star Wars costumes.
Anneliese Clausewitz's Tweets
THE EMPIRE BUILDER:
by Jenny Horne & Jonathan Kahana
In Carl von Clausewitz's 1832 political treatise On War, the military general is given the form of the humanist scholar. But it isn't until the establishment in the United States of the discipline of the Humanities, between the world wars, that this traditional figure of knowledge is given official discursive status. Using Clausewitz and the rhetoric of the most recent "crisis in the Humanities," we pose the question, "where in fact are our military institutions located?".
In order to show the interdependence of these two apparently discrete histories, one would have to redefine modern warfare and humanist scholarship in terms of each other. To this end, we frame the humanist ideals of rational debate, erudition and cultural appreciation, and the production of truth and beauty, as historically linked to the epistemology of war. We address a recent tactical example of this perpetual war—the closing of the humanities department at the University of Minnesota.
[Discusses Clausewitz and Foucault, et al.]
Clausewitz in Scientology
The last time we tried searching for this (a long time ago), we got 50 hits in Google.com. Oddly, when we tried this again in July 2015, we got only 5 hits—all of them trash sites. That's strange, because it is not hard to find pages that make a direct connection between Scientology and Clausewitz. See for example the Wikipedia article on "Sea Org." Feeling paranoid yet?
"If you think that Scientology is a religion, read on. One of the main sources for the 'technology' used by Scientology's OSA is a volume not by L. Ron Hubbard, but by a man named Carl Von Clausewitz, called On War."
The Minton Papers #91: Re: The enemy is amongst us!
The activities of Scientology's intelligence agencies....
"Karl von Clausewitz's great work Vom Kriege, or On War, has been the Bible of the military for 150 years. The Book of Mormon reads as if it were written by a diligent student of this work. This is another case of Joseph Smith's timing to the split second, because the work wasn't published until 1833. Otherwise, you could accuse him of stealing the whole thing, because it's right out of Clausewitz,"
See also: Paradigms and Pitfalls of Approach to Warfare in the Book of Mormon
Review of Warfare in the Book of Mormon by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin
Reviewed By: David B. Honey
Provo, Utah: FARMS, 1991. Pp.118-40
"Then too there were doubters who failed to see the greatness and brilliance of the Führer's decisions during the struggle for power. They favored the false wisdom that Clausewitz discussed: they wanted nothing but to escape danger." Josef Goebbels, "Our Hitler," 1939 Speech on Hitler's 50th Birthday, Die Zeit Ohne Beispiel (Munich: Zentralverlag der NSDAP, 1941)
Panzer Division Clausewitz
Generalmajor Martin Unrein, "Report on the Commitment of the Panzer-Division Clausewitz" (1947)
"In April of 1945, Panthers equipped with IR equipment (solution B) joined Panzer Division Clausewitz and in mid April near Uelzen destroyed an entire platoon of British Comet cruiser tanks. Also on April 21st of 1945, same Panthers overran an American anti-tank position on the Weser-Elbe Canal."A translation of Clausewitz's 'On War' for Austerlitz players.
Clausewitz in fantasy wargame, "Darkhold." [Link has disappeared.]
I, Lord General Xandril, am an Underworld crime figure from New York City. I am an avid reader of Sun Tzu, Feldmarshal Erik von Manstein, General Heinz Guderian, Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, and Karl von Clausewitz. This is my webpage ... it is dedicated to all of those I have raped, killed, maimed, and hurt in anyway. Crime Pays !!!!!! IAC Meets Karl von Clausewitz
CLAUSEWITZ DISCOVERED BY GENERATION X!
IntellectualCapital Insider: Carl von Clausewitz meets Jack D. Ripper
by Jeffrey Fisher [Link disappeared, but we keep it here to annoy ZenPundit.]
A very intelligent discussion by someone who at the time (1990s?) obviously didn't have a clue what either war or politics are. He has since evolved into ZenPundit.
Clausewitz appears prominantly on this somewhat cryptic site for years 1996-1999, but then unaccountably starts to drop away.