Clausewitz Texts logo

 • Mobile Compatible • 

For a bibliography of Clausewitz's works published in English, click here.
• For a bibliography of Clausewitz's works published in German, click here. (This includes links to various on-line facsimiles.)
• For a bibliography of Clausewitz's works published in French, click here.
• See also physical books in print available though Amazon.com via the Clausewitz Bookstore (US - UK - Germany - France).
For efforts to index Clausewitz's work, click here.

ON-LINE TEXTS

1. Carl von Clausewitz, Hinterlassene Werke des Generals Carl von Clausewitz über Krieg und Kriegführung, 10 vols. (Berlin 1832-1837). Links to all 10 volumes of Clausewitz's collected works in the original German. (Vols. 1-3 constitute On War.) These links go to PDF versions from Google Books. The content-management system Google uses can be very confusing, sometimes making it hard to locate/download a particular item, but all of the texts are in fact there. Even though the visible text is in the old and difficult-to-read Fraktur typeface, the text has in most cases been fairly accurately OCRed, so useful text in modern type can be extracted via cut&paste.

• Erster Band. Vom Kriege. Erster Theil. Berlin 1857; Berlin 1867.

• Zweiter Band. Vom Kriege. Zweiter Theil. Berlin 1857; Berlin 1867.

• Dritter Band. Vom Kriege. Dritter Theil. Berlin 1857; Berlin 1869. [Error Warning: The link on the http://www.liberley.it website points to vol.1. Use the link immediately above to the 3rd volume (1869 edition).]

• Vierter Band. Der Feldzug von 1796 in Italien. Berlin 1858.

• Fünfter Band. Die Feldzüge von 1799 in Italien und der Schweiz. Berlin 1858. [Actually volumes 5&6.]

• Sechster Band. Die Feldzüge von 1799 in Italien und der Schweiz. Berlin 1858. [Error Warning: The link on the http://www.liberley.it website points to vol.4. Use the link immediately above to the 6th volume (1834 edition).]

• Siebenter Band. Der Feldzug von 1812 in Rußland, der Feldzug von 1813 bis zum Waffenstillstand und der Feldzug von 1814 in Frankreich. Berlin 1862.

• Achter Band. Der Feldzug von 1815 in Frankreich. Berlin 1862.

• Neunter Band. Strategische Beleuchtung mehrerer Feldzüge von Gustav Adolph, Turenne, Luxemburg und andere historische Materialien zur Strategie. Berlin 1862. [Error Warning: The link on the http://www.liberley.it website points to vol.7. Use the link immediately above to the 9th volume (1862 edition).]

• Zehnter Band. Strategische Beleuchtung mehrerer Feldzüge von Sobieski, Münich, Friedrich dem Großen und dem Herzog von Braunschweig, und andere historische Materialien zur Strategie. Berlin 1837. NOT OCR'd. [Error Warning: The link on the http://www.liberley.it website points to p.240 of vol.7. Use the link immediately above to see the 10th volume (1837 edition).]

2. Carl von Clausewitz, On War, trans. James John Graham (London: N. Trübner & Co., 1873). This is complete—the first and as far as we know only complete version available anywhere on-line of this obsolete but still useful translation. (Most on-line versions contain only Books 1-4 of 8.) To directly compare the original German and the 1873 English translation, click here.] (This direct-compare page is in a very old web format and is designed for desktop computers.) For a discussion/comparison of the various translations available, click here.

3. The German original text of Carl von Clausewitz, Vom Kriege (Berlin: Dümmlers Verlag, 1832). This modern, mobile-compatible on-line version appears to be the complete first German edition; we've included a single-file version designed for scholarly search and research. You can directly compare the original German and the 1873 English translation here. (This direct-compare page is in a very old web format and is designed for desktop computers.)

4. A French translation is Theorie de la grande guerre, trans. Lt-Colonel de Vatry, 3 vols., Paris: L. Baudoin, 1886-1887.

5. Carl von Clausewitz, Der Feldzug von 1815 in Frankreich, 2nd edition (Berlin: Ferd. Dümmler's Verlagsbuchhandlung, Harrwiß und Goßmann, 1862). This is a transcription made for research purposes and contains a large number of typographical errors. A PDF in the original Fraktur typeface is here.

6. Christopher Bassford, Daniel Moran, and Gregory W. Pedlow, eds./trans., On Waterloo: Clausewitz, Wellington, and the Campaign of 1815 (Clausewitz.com, 2010). This on-line edition of the printed book 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; a complete, modern (2010) translation of Clausewitz's campaign study; Wellington's 1842 memorandum in response; and enlightening essays by the editors.

7. Carl von Clausewitz, Principles of War, trans. Hans Gatzke (Harrisburg, PA: The Military Service Publishing Company, 1942). Principles of War (1812) is NOT a summary of On War (1832) but a distant and quite different precursor (written in 1812). We also have the 1873 translation by J.J. Graham.

8. Carl von Clausewitz, trans/ed Peter Paret and Daniel Moran, Two Letters on Strategy (Leavenworth, KS: Combat Studies Institute, 1984). The CSI website constantly changes its link structure, making it difficult to maintain working links. If you have difficulty finding it on CSI's website, try our local backup.

9. Clausewitz, Carl von. Über das Leben und den Charakter von Scharnhorst, aus dem Nachlasse des General Clausewitz, in Historisch-politische Zeitschrift, herausgegeben von Leoplold Ranke, (Berlin, 1832). (About 10mb, PDF) This is a handy way to view the text. However, the provider's Optical Character Recognition (OCR) system has done an extraordinarily poor job of recognizing Fraktur characters and it is impossible to extract useable text.

10. Carl von Clausewitz, The Campaign of 1812 in Russia, trans. anonymous [Francis Egerton, Lord Ellesmere] (London: J. Murray, 1843). From Carl von Clausewitz, Hinterlassene Werke des Generals Carl von Clausewitz über Krieg und Kriegführung, 10 vols., Berlin, 1832-37, Vol. 7: "Der Feldzug von 1812 in Russland," Berlin, 1835. (This English text does not include "Der Feldzug von 1813 bis zum Waffenstillstand" or "Der Feldzug von 1814 in Frankreich," which are contained in the original volume 7.)

11. Excerpts from Carl von Clausewitz, "Notes On Prussia In Her Grand Catastrophe of 1806," in Jena Campaign Sourcebook (Fort Leavenworth: The General Service Schools Press, 1922). Translated by COL [US Army] Conrad H. Lanza. Based on Clausewitz's Nachrichten über Preussen in seiner grossen Katastrophe, in Kriegsgeschichtliche Einzelschriften, Berlin, 1888. Most sections not provided by Lanza can be found in Carl von Clausewitz, "Observations on Prussia in her Great Catastrophe," in Historical and Political Writings, eds./trans. Peter Paret and Daniel Moran (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992), pp.30-84.

See also the on-line text by Christopher Bassford, Clausewitz in English: The Reception of Clausewitz in Britain and America (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994). This discusses the problems involved in tracing Clausewitz's "influence" or "impact" on subsequent thinkers and actors, then investigates his "reception" in the English speaking world. We pursue the book's reception because we actually have meaningful evidence for the manner in which On War was read, interpreted, discussed, described, etc. On the other hand, it is quite impossible to accurately describe the book's actual 'impact' on readers or events. Covers the era 1815-1945, with a substantial postscript discussing developments 1945-1994.

Home

Return to top