20 Jan 2009

Clausewitz, On War, Book 1, Chapter 1, §1 "Introduction"

by Corry Shores
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Clausewitz, On War

Book I "On the Nature of War"

Chapter I "What is War?"

§1 "Introduction"

Clausewitz will analyze war
  • first, by giving a general overview
  • second, by examining each of its simple parts separately, in a manner oriented and guided by the general overview
  • third, by exploring each branch or sub-part of the simple parts, and
  • last, by viewing it as a whole.

Text from the original translation:


WE propose to consider first the single elements of our subject, then each branch or part, and, last of all, the whole, in all its relations—therefore to advance from the simple to the complex. But it is necessary for us to commence with a glance at the nature of the whole, because it is particularly necessary that in the consideration of any of the parts their relation to the whole should be kept constantly in view.

Clausewitz, Carl von. On War, Vol.1. Transl. J.J. Graham.
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