33128Re: [civilwarwest] Von Clausewitz
- Aug 10, 2005
John Beatty <jdbeatty.geo@...> wrote:
...and as we can see there is no single translation of
the text. What point is there, then, to quoting him
if scholars can't even agree on what he said?
--- Tom Mix <tmix@...> wrote:
No matter which version of the quotation was used, it would have very little application to the Civil War for von Clausewitz's works were not translated into English to any great degree. A few former Purssian officers like Adolph von Steinwehr may have been familiar with it, but not your average general, North or South. Nor was Clausewitz taught at West Point, VMI or any of the other military academies.
Von Clausewitz's work did not become part of the theory making up the strategic and tactical concepts of modern war until after von Bismarck and von Molke used his works as the foundation for the unification of Germany and the defeat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1866 and France in 1870-71.
Chet G. Diestel
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