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New York/Oxford 1994
ISBN-10: 0195083830 • ISBN-13: 978-0195083835
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"[A] startlingly worthwhile book.... Bassford tells a great story of dutiful struggle and pigheadedness, of petty revenge and epiphany, and, ultimately, of how Anglophone armies that read Clausewitz reluctantly beat the hell out of a German-speaking military that willfully read him wrong."
Ralph Peters


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1. Introduction

2. Clausewitz and His Works *(Fuller and Updated Version)


Part I. Clausewitz in English to 1873: Present But Not Accounted For

Introduction to Part I

3. Clausewitz in Great Britain before 1873

4. Clausewitz in America

5. The English Translation of On War

6. Assessment, 1815-1873


Part II. To the First Golden Age of Clausewitz Studies in English: 1874-1914

Introduction to Part II

7. Prelude: the Study of Clausewitz before the South African War

8. In the Wake of the South African War

9. Major British Military Writers

10. German, French, and British Interpretations of Clausewitz

11. The Sea Power Theorists

12. Assessment, 1873-1914


Part III. The Apostle of Total War: 1914-1945

Introduction to Part III

13. Clausewitz during World War One

Robert M. Johnston
T.D. Pilcher

14. The Clouding of Clausewitz's Reputation

15. J.F.C. Fuller and Basil Liddell Hart

Liddell Hart
Wilkinson on Liddell Hart and Clausewitz

16. Clausewitz's British Proponents

17. The Airpower Theorists

18. Clausewitz and the Americans

The U.S. Army's Schools
Dwight D. Eisenhower
The U.S. Navy 
Hoffman Nickerson 
John McAuley Palmer 
Other American Writers 

19. New German Influences: Delbrück and the German Expatriates

The German Expatriates

20. Assessment, 1914-1945


Part IV. Conclusions

21. Since 1945

Continuing Hostility to Clausewitz
New Sources of Interest

The Influence of Scholars 
Contrary Currents

22. Some Final Thoughts (1993)


Notes (embedded as links in individual chapters, above) 



This is a list of bibliographies in several languages (English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish/Portuguese, and Other) and in the area of Complexity and Nonlinear science. The English-language bibliography includes all of the listings from the original printing of Clausewitz in English, but is updated to the present, including links to many items on-line.


Index (to the printed 1994 edition)


See also Word Index to On War (the 1984 Howard/Paret edition).


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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.
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"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 Clausewitz's study of the Waterloo campaign (Berlin: 1835), which is a strategic analysis of the entire campaign (not just the Battle of Waterloo), 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 campaign study; Wellington's memorandum in response; and enlightening essays by the editors. Available now from See reviews in The Journal of Military History and War in History.

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