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. This website and its academic sister ClausewitzStudies.org are intended as a central source for information, articles, and arguments about the man and his ideas. It also includes a great deal of ancillary information (e.g., on Clausewitz-related tourism, graphics, humor) that may be of use to those researching, writing, or teaching about Clausewitz. It is designed to accommodate anyone interested in understanding human strategies, including not only scholarly researchers on Clausewitz but also students and faculty in professional military education (PME) institutions, business schools, and other organizations concerned with human competition and conflict. [Note that many of the links on this site point to materials maintained by ClausewitzStudies.org.]
MAIN CONTENT — To access our main content categories, see the navigation bar at the top of your screen. The categories are: Videos, Graphics, FAQs, and Bookstores (which originate from Clausewitz.com), and Readings, Texts, and Bibliographies (which are provided by ClausewitzStudies.org). The "Search" feature covers both websites.
Some Featured Items on Our Sister Site, ClausewitzStudies.org
Blog: Steve ["Doctrine Man"] Leonard, "'You Really Think I'm Irrelevant? LOL.' A Letter to Clausewitz Haters from Beyond The Grave."
Info: "Clausewitz and His Works." A comprehensive discussion.
Paper: Christopher Bassford, "Clausewitz's Categories of War and the Supersession of 'Absolute War.'" What?!! "Ideal War" and "Absolute War" aren't the same thing? No wonder we're confused.
Article: C. Bassford, "John Keegan and the Grand Tradition of Trashing Clausewitz." A Polemic.
Article: Alan D. Beyerchen, "Clausewitz, Nonlinearity and the Unpredictability of War." Discusses a crucially important scientific aspect of Clausewitz's world view.
Paper: C. Bassford, "Tiptoe Through the Trinity." Or "The Strange Persistance of Trinitarian Warfare."
Review Essay: Bruno Colson, "Clausewitz for Every War." Covers a range of important modern writing on Clausewitz.
List: Clausewitz Conferences
Guidance: Indexes to On War
Guidance: Which translation of Clausewitz do you have? It matters.
NOTE: Amazon's recommendations are random and many available texts of Clausewitz's On War (Vom Kriege) are worthless. For more detailed guidance on texts by or about Clausewitz, in several languages, see our bookstores and bibliographies.
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