Clausewitz's ideas of strategy and victory

Heuser, B. (2007) Clausewitz's ideas of strategy and victory. In: Strachan, H. and Herberg-Rothe, A. (eds.) Clausewitz in the Twenty-First Century. Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp. 132-162. ISBN 9780199232024 (doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232024.001.0001)

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Clausewitz's definition of strategy, as given in On War, is very unsatisfactory. Taking his own ideas about the relationship between political aims and military means further, one is led to define strategy in relation to the degree of success in the achievement of the war aims, which must include a lasting, stable peace, the conditions of which are bearable or even satisfactory for all sides. This requires a change in the enemy's mind about the situation, and not just a breaking of his will. The enemy must be convinced that he has a stake in the peace, not just be temporarily disabled. Only then is military victory the true end of war and the foundation of peace, not a prelude to the next war.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Heuser, Professor Beatrice
Authors: Heuser, B.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Publisher:Oxford University Press

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