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p. 625. The legacy of Clausewitzlocked

  • Michael Howard

Abstract

‘The legacy of Clausewitz’ looks at the influence of his theories and their continued relevance today. Popularized — and distorted — through the endorsement of Helmuth von Moltke, his insistence on the superior strength of defence was overlooked by Great War generals seeking a decisive battle. Democracy and nuclear weapons both contributed to making ‘absolute war’ a greater possibility, but made other means a better way to achieve political objectives. Clausewitz's recognition of the importance of the people remains especially relevant, as their willingness to defend their country is essential to military strategy.

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