33140Re: [civilwarwest] Von Clausewitz
- Aug 11, 2005
>No matter which version of the quotation was used, itwould 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 orany 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 thetheory 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
John D. Beatty, Milwaukee Wisconsin
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