Skip to content

Historical and Political Writings

By Carl von Clausewitz, 1780-1831


Carl von Clausewitz's major theoretical work, On War, has retained its freshness and relevance since it first appeared 160 years ago. Clausewitz was also a wide-ranging, innovative historian--his acerbic history of Prussia before 1806 became an underground classic long before it could be published--and a combative political essayist, whose observations on the affairs of Germany and Europe combine social egalitarianism with a nearly Bismarckian Realpolitik. In this companion volume to On War, the editors bring together Clausewitz's political writings and a selection of his historical works--material that is fascinating in its own right, important as a commentary on his theories of war, and a valuable source for understanding European ideas and attitudes during and after the Napoleonic era. None of these works has previously appeared in English, with one exception, which was published in a corrupt, censored text that has now been restored to its original form. The editors have contributed introductions for the historical and for the political parts of the volume, as well as brief introductions to the individual selections. Their analyses and the texts themselves reveal Clausewitz to be an exceptionally independent observer both of the past and of his own times, whose outlook is distinguished by an unideological pragmatism and a keen sense of the possibilities and shortcomings of state power.


Originally published in 1992.


The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.


Format

Book

Availability

1 available at Main (Downtown)
  • 940.253 Von, Nonfiction

ISBN

0691031924


Format: Book
Author: Clausewitz, Carl von, 1780-1831
Title: Historical and political writings / Carl von Clausewitz ; edited and translated by Peter Paret and Daniel Moran.
Publisher Date: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1992.
Subject: Europe -- History -- 18th century Europe -- Politics and government -- 1789-1900
Isbn: 0691031924 (acid-free paper)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 1
Call Number: 940.253 Cla
Oclc: 23464122
Upc:
Bib Id: 81204

Format: Book
Author: Clausewitz, Carl von, 1780-1831
Title: Historical and political writings / Carl von Clausewitz ; edited and translated by Peter Paret and Daniel Moran.
Publisher, Date: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1992.
Description: xvii, 397 p. : 1 map ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Europe -- History -- 18th century
Subjects: Europe -- Politics and government -- 1789-1900
Other Author: Paret, Peter
Other Author: Moran, Daniel
Notes: "Contains selections from Clausewitz's historical writings and the majority of his essays and notes on political topics"--Preface.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: "Some comments on the war of the Spanish succession after reading the letters of Madame de Maintenon to the Princess des Ursins" -- Observations on the wars of the Austrian succession" -- From observations on Prussia in Her great catastrophe -- "On the life and character of Scharnhorst" -- From the campaign of 1812 in Russia -- From "Strategic critique of the campaign of 1814 in France" -- Notes on history and politics -- "Germans and the French" -- Notes on history and politics -- Letters to Fichte -- From the "Political declaration" -- On the German federal army -- "Our military institutions" -- "On the political advantages and disadvantages of the Prussian landwehr" -- "Agitation" -- "Europe since the Polish partitions" -- "On the basic question of Germany's existence".
LCCN: 91000478
ISBN: 0691031924 (acid-free paper)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 940.253 Cla