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33140Re: [civilwarwest] Von Clausewitz

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  • John Beatty
    Aug 11, 2005
      >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.

      It would have had none. The first English translation
      appeared in 1872. The first known copies in French
      got here no earlier than 1858.

      >... Nor was Clausewitz taught at West Point, VMI or
      any of the other military academies.

      Strategic theory was taught nowhere in this country
      until the 20th century, regardless. The service
      academies were intended to make replacement
      lieutenants, not generals.

      > 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.

      And even then it has never been fully embraced by
      anyone, especially as regards intelligence and
      reconnisance. Some parts (friction, especially here
      lately) have been adapted (with modification), but
      Clausewitz entire has never been swallowed by anyone
      but Clausewitz.

      John D. Beatty, Milwaukee Wisconsin
      "History is the only test for the consequences of ideas"

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