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Marie von Clausewitz’s Diary from 1813

Marie von Clausewitz’s diary from the fall campaign in 1813 is now accessible online. You can see the original pages written between August 17 and November 30, 1813 on Münster University and State Library’s online page. I have deciphered and annotated the diary. For those of you speaking German, you can follow the link here. If you […]

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Carl von Clausewitz

This article was originally published in The Strategy Bridge Carl von Clausewitz is known today as the West’s most influential military thinker. His seminal treatise On War lies at the heart of modern military doctrine. One recent article even compared its status among U.S. officers to that of St. Paul’s letters among Christians. For generations of readers of On War, […]

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The Other Clausewitz Article in The Journal of Military History

This article titled “The Other Clausewitz: Findings from the Newly Discovered Correspondence between Marie and Carl von Clausewitz” was published earlier this year in The Journal of Military History. The article is written, however, before my book and thereby served as the base for Marie von Clausewitz. It is one hell of an experience to […]

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A Portrait of Clausewitz As a Young Officer

This is another article I wrote for WarOnTheRocks’ (W)Archives column. It discusses, again, the newly found drawing of Carl von Clausewitz. You can read my initial post on the subject here. The new article explores the sketch’s possible dating. Dr. Gerhard Bauer, the expert historian of uniform and battlefield insignia at the Bundeswehr’s Museum of Military History in Dresden, was so […]

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Carl von Clausewitz’s Letter to August Wilhelm von Schlegel

Recently I wrote an article for WarOnTheRocks.com about a letter Carl von Clausewitz wrote to the poet August Wilhelm von Schlegel in 1808. It has been rediscovered in the vaults of the Saxon State Archives. The letter points to a problem with Clausewitz’s biography: despite his eminent place in Western military thought, no comprehensive collected edition […]

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A New Drawing of Carl von Clausewitz Discovered

Among other things, writing a biography of Marie von Clausewitz has been a great exercise in networking and friendship-building. I have met some incredible personalities along the way and enjoyed endless discussions in person and via email. Some have shared their knowledge and tested my ideas. Others like Bernd Domsgen and Olaf Thiel from the […]

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Carl von Clausewitz’s Obituary from 1831

In my article for Journal of Military History I have mentioned Carl von Clausewitz’s official obituary as an example of how, after the first vehement reaction and angry, accusatory words, Marie von Clausewitz proliferated a more balanced public image of her husband. Here it is my full translation of it. However, there are few clarifying […]

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The Clausewitz Papers in Münster University Library

In one of my previous posts I explained how I encountered the newly released complete private correspondence between Marie and Carl von Clausewitz. Now I will introduce to you another collection of Clausewitz papers that is rather understudied. While corresponding with scholars these past weeks, one theme reoccurs. This concerns the notion that the Clausewitz […]

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Marie von Clausewitz’s Very Political Bonnet

While working on my book for the past two years, I have tried reading every bestselling biography of a famous woman. On one hand, I wanted to study the competition (wink-wink). On the other, women’s history and writing history from women’s perspective still remains a relatively new field. When immersed in reading history from the […]

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How I Came to Work With Marie and Carl von Clausewitz’s Correspondence

The last two weeks have been a time of great excitement for me. My article about the newly found correspondence between Marie and Carl von Clausewitz was published in the Journal of Military History. Since then I have been answering emails, exchanging twits and chatting over Facebook. For the past two years, I’ve immersed myself […]

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