INTRODUCTION: 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. ClausewitzStudies.org is intended as a central source for scholarly information, related texts, articles, and arguments about the man, his ideas, and their meaning, impact, and utility. ClausewitzStudies.org is overseen by the seven members of the Clausewitz Studies Board.
Noted Clausewitz scholar Peter Paret, Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, passed away peacefully at age 96 at his Salt Lake City home on September 11, 2020. A German-born American and acclaimed cultural and intellectual historian, Paret studied the modern historiography of war from 18th- to 20th-century Europe, as well as the relationship of art, society, and politics.
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NEW! Strategy in the 21st Century: The Continuing Relevance of Carl von Clausewitz. By Lennart Souchon.
Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2020. ISBNs: 3030460274, 978-3030460273
Lennart Souchon, a former naval officer, is a German strategist and scholar of political philosophy and military theory. He was the Director of the International Clausewitz-Center at the Military Academy of the German Armed Forces from 1999 to 2018 and founded the Clausewitz Network for Strategic Studies in 2008. He also served as Director of Studies at the German Federal Academy for Security Policy Study and is a senior member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Potsdam, Germany. His research focuses on strategic studies and on Clausewitz's strategic thought.
FORTHCOMING! Napoleon Absent, Coalition Ascendant: The 1799 Campaign in Italy and Switzerland, Vol. 1
University Press of Kansas, 2020. ISBNs 0700630252, 9780700630257
Translators Nicholas Murray and Christopher Pringle, having already published an English edition of Clausewitz's study of the Italian campaign of 1796, have now have done the same for his study of the campaign of 1799 in Italy and Switzerland (vol. 5 of his collected works). This is the first of two volumes entitled Napoleon Absent, Coalition Ascendant, which together will cover the period when Napoleon was absent from Europe during his invasion of Egypt. This volume will expand readers' experience and understanding not of only this critical moment in European history but also the thoughts and writings of the modern master of military philosophy.
Call for papers: Clausewitz as a Practical Philosopher
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Blog: Steve Leonard, "'You Really Think I'm Irrelevant? LOL.' A Letter to Clausewitz Haters from Beyond The Grave," West Point: Modern War Institute, USMA, 6 May 6 2020. Beyond the blog, the modification of the portrait—we see a new, sterner-looking Clausewitz—is interesting.
Article: Paul Donker, "The Evolution of Clausewitz's Vom Kriege: a reconstruction on the basis of the earlier versions of his masterpiece," an updated translation of Paul Donker, "Die Entwicklung von Clausewitz' Vom Kriege: Eine Rekonstruktion auf der Grundlage der früheren Fassungen seines Meisterwerks" in the Clausewitz-Gesellschaft's Jahrbucher 2017, 14-39.
Review Essay: Bruno Colson [U. Namur], "Clausewitz for Every War," War in History, 18(2) , pp.249-261.
Article: Alan D. Beyerchen, "Clausewitz, Nonlinearity and the Unpredictability of War," International Security, 17:3 (Winter, 1992), pp. 59-90. (Here's the Abstract.)
Working Paper: Christopher Bassford, "Clausewitz's Categories of War and the Supersession of 'Absolute War,'" ClausewitzStudies.org, 16 MAR 2020.
Article: Jon T. Sumida, "The Clausewitz Problem," Army History, Fall 2009, pp.17-21. This is a short, well-crafted, and useful précis of Sumida's controversial arguments in his book, Decoding Clausewitz: A New Approach to On War. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2008.
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