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Carl von Clausewitz's On War: A modern-day interpretation of a strategy classic

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On War is one of the first books on modern military strategy. Writing mostly after the Napoleonic wars, between 1816 and 1830, von Clausewitz never lived to see it published. He had a theory that it was the integration of political, societal and economic issues that was the most important factor in deciding the outcome of a war. This new theory made On War one of the most important texts on strategy ever written. Here, Andrew Holmes' interpretation of On War illustrates the timeless nature of von Clausewitz's insights by bringing them to life through 52 modern case studies of business and society. This brilliant interpretation of On War is an entertaining accompaniment to one of the most famous strategy books ever written.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Other Titles In The Infinite Success Series
  5. Contents
  6. INTRODUCTION
  7. 1. WAR AS AN ACT OF HUMAN INTERCOURSE
  8. 2. THE KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED IN WAR IS VERY SIMPLE
  9. 3. THEORY SHOULD BE STUDY, NOT DOCTRINE
  10. 4. ON HISTORICAL EXAMPLES
  11. 5. WAR IS NEVER AN ISOLATED ACT
  12. 6. THE EFFECT OF THE POLITICAL AIM ON THE MILITARY OBJECTIVE
  13. 7. THE CHARACTER OF CONTEMPORARY WARFARE
  14. 8. GENERAL SURVEY
  15. 9. RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE BRANCHES OF THE SERVICE
  16. 10. THE ORDER OF BATTLE
  17. 11. BASE OF OPERATIONS
  18. 12. LINES OF COMMUNICATION
  19. 13. MAINTENANCE AND SUPPLY
  20. 14. METHOD AND ROUTINE
  21. 15. TERRAIN
  22. 16. FORTRESSES
  23. 17. BILLETS
  24. 18. MORAL FACTORS
  25. 19. ON MILITARY GENIUS
  26. 20. THE THIRST FOR FAME AND HONOUR
  27. 21. ON DANGER
  28. 22. BOLDNESS
  29. 23. PERSEVERANCE
  30. 24. CUNNING
  31. 25. SURPRISE
  32. 26. MILITARY VIRTUES OF THE ARMY
  33. 27. OTHER EMOTIONAL FACTORS
  34. 28. THE NATURE OF BATTLE TODAY
  35. 29. MUTUAL AGREEMENT TO FIGHT
  36. 30. ADVANCED GUARDS AND OUTPOSTS
  37. 31. OPERATIONAL USE OF ADVANCED CORPS
  38. 32. CONCENTRATION OF FORCES IN SPACE
  39. 33. UNIFICATION OF FORCES IN TIME
  40. 34. THE STRATEGIC RESERVE
  41. 35. MAXIMUM USE OF FORCE
  42. 36. RELATIVE STRENGTH
  43. 37. SUPERIORITY OF NUMBERS
  44. 38. THE DYNAMIC LAW
  45. 39. WAR PLANS
  46. 40. CRITICAL ANALYSIS
  47. 41. FRICTION IN WAR
  48. 42. INTELLIGENCE IN WAR
  49. 43. THE BATTLE: ITS DECISION
  50. 44. DURATION OF THE ENGAGEMENT
  51. 45. THE EFFECTS OF VICTORY
  52. 46. STRATEGIC MEANS OF EXPLOITING VICTORY
  53. 47. THE COMMAND OF HEIGHTS
  54. 48. THE KEY TO THE COUNTRY
  55. 49. TYPES OF RESISTANCE
  56. 50. THE CHARACTER OF STRATEGIC DEFENCE
  57. 51. RETREAT AFTER A LOST BATTLE
  58. 52. RETREAT TO THE INTERIOR OF THE COUNTRY
  59. INDEX