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p. 494. Limited and absolute warlocked

p. 494. Limited and absolute warlocked

  • Michael Howard


‘Limited and absolute war’ considers the limiting factors on the scope of war. Clausewitz considered that the French Revolution had removed many of the constraints that had kept war separate from the rest of society. ‘Absolute war’ was the logical end of all wars, but one that was constrained by political considerations and the advantages of a defensive posture. The weakness of men generally restrained war from reaching its ‘ideal form’, but it was one that must be kept in mind. The commander would need to know what kind of war he was going to have to fight, in order to determine his military plans.

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