The Reception of Clausewitz in Britain and America

by Christopher Bassford

Oxford University Press, 1994

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Owing to the broad time span covered in this book and its inclusion of both British and American sources, I have been more than usually dependent on the assistance of a great many specialists. It is one of the great pleasures of working in the historical profession that its practitioners are generally happy to share their knowledge without reservation, and my correspondents have, with very rare exceptions, been enthusiastically helpful. Such errors as this book still no doubt contains are, of course, my own.

I am particularly indebted to John B. Hattendorf, Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History at the United States Naval War College, and to Professor Michael Howard, now at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. Both Professors Hattendorf and Howard have great reputations for charm and for being helpful to younger scholars, virtues amply demonstrated in their assistance to me. Both plowed through the great bulk of my early manuscript in draft form, and their comments, encouragement, suggestions, and leads to new sources have been critical to whatever progress I have made.

I owe special thanks as well to Professor Alan D. Beyerchen of Ohio State University; Dr. Evelyn Cherpak, head of the Naval Historical Collection at the Naval War College; Major Alan Harfield of the Army Museum's Ogilby Trust; Douglas Hendry, Public Record Office at Kew; Virginia Murray, of the John Murray Company, London; Professor Peter Paret, Institute for Advanced Study; Professor Barry Steiner, California State University at Long Beach; Professor Hew Strachan, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge; Richard Taylor and Patricia Methven of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College, London; Dr. C.M. Woolgar, University of Southampton; and R.C. Snelling, British Library.

The faculty and staff of Purdue University have also been most supportive. Professors Robert E. May, Gordon R. Mork, and Randy Roberts, of the Department of History, have all lent a willing ear and often a helping hand. The staff of the Interlibrary Loan Office, Ruth Rothenberg, Mary Sego, Roger Strater, and Kathy Garner, have assisted me in a manner far beyond the call of duty. The chief bibliographer of Purdue's HSSE Library, E. Stewart Saunders, has also given me great support.

For more specific assistance I must thank Louise Arnold, U.S. Army Military History Institute; Professor Martin Blumenson; Professor Brian Bond; Fred Baumann, Library of Congress Manuscripts Division; Professor Henry S. Bausum, Journal of Military History; L. James Binder, ARMY magazine; Michael Bott, Archivist, University of Reading; Thomas W. Branigar, Eisenhower Library; Major Mark Clodfelter, USAF; Professor Gordon A. Craig; Professor Martin van Creveld; Professor Daniel Crosswell; Professor Lorenzo Crowell; Captain Antulio J. Echevarria II, USAR; Keith Eiler, Hoover Institution; Professor Robert M. Epstein; Professor Norman Gash; Professor Felix Gilbert; Major?General John David Carew Graham, Royal Parachute Regiment; Professor Arthur Groos; Eric Grove; Joanna Hitchcock, Princeton University Press; Professor I.B. Holley; Hermione Jolles; Claire L'Enfant, Routledge publishing; D.J. Lyon, National Maritime Museum (U.K.); M.G. Little, Royal Marines Museum; Professor Jay Luvaas; Lars Mahinske of the Encyclopædia Britannica's research department; Major Michael Matheny, USA; Colonel Lloyd Matthews, USA; Dr. Joachim Niemeyer, the Militärgeschichtliches Forschungsamt; Professor Peter Novick; Sumiko Otsubo of Ohio State University; Professor Mark Peattie; Joan Phillips, Air University Library at Maxwell Field; Professor William B. Pickett; Richard L. Popp, University of Chicago archives; Carlos Rivera of Ohio State University; J.R. Russell, National Library of Scotland; Elizabeth Sage, University of Chicago Library; Professor Donald M. Schurman; Judith A. Sibley, West Point Library; John Slonaker, U.S. Army Military History Institute; Dr. Richard P. Stebbins; Professor Jon T. Sumida; Dr. Detlev F. Vagts; Gore Vidal; and Professor Harold Winton.

Most of all, of course, I must thank my friend and adviser Professor Gunther E. Rothenberg, without whose encouragement I would long ago have abandoned this project and whose rigorous demands have given it whatever quality it possesses.

As with every major project that I have undertaken for a long time now, my deepest appreciation goes to my wife, Sunyong Bassford, who has been unfailingly supportive while nonetheless insisting that I remain in touch with the rest of the planet.

Financial support for this project was provided by David Ross grants from Purdue University and by an Olin Postdoctoral Fellowship in Military History and National Security Studies from the Ohio State University. I am also thankful for the practical support of my friends, colleagues, and superiors here at the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, Virginia, and for their tolerance for the more-than-occasional distraction from daily business that this project entailed. Thanks are due as well to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London, for permission to quote from materials in their possession, and to the Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office for permission to quote from documents held by the Public Records Office.

Christopher Bassford
Quantico, VA, 1994

Archival Sources

Eisenhower Papers, Eisenhower Library.

J.F.C. Fuller Papers, Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College, London.

Haig Papers, National Library of Scotland.

B. H. Liddell Hart Papers, Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College, London.

Abraham Lincoln Papers, Library of Congress.

Archives of the John Murray Company, London.

Archives of Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner and Henry S. King, publishers.

Archives of the Edinburgh Review, University of Reading (UK).

John McAuley Palmer Papers, Library of Congress.

The President's Papers, 1925-1945, University of Chicago.

Public Record Office, Kew (UK).

William R. Robertson Papers, Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College, London.

Herbert F. Rosinski Papers, U.S. Naval War College Naval Historical Collection.

U.S. Army Military History Institute, Carlisle Barracks.

Julian S. Corbett Papers, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich (UK).

Papers of the Duke of Wellington, University of Southampton (UK).

Spenser Wilkinson Papers, Army Museum's Ogilby Trust (UK).

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