By H. Smith
Clausewitz is usually quoted yet extra usually misunderstood. On Clausewitz offers his crucial principles approximately battle and politics - comparable to conflict as an tool of coverage, the concept that of Absolute warfare, friction and the fog of warfare - in a transparent and systematic style. It additionally provides the fellow, his existence and the army and highbrow setting within which he produced his nice paintings On battle . a last part considers Clausewitz's relevance to the speedily altering nature of battle this present day.
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480] The methods may be unpleasant but results count. There were echoes of Spain during Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. Tsar Alexander called on the Russian people to undertake ‘a general rising against the universal tyrant’. 42 Peasants exacted violent and brutal revenge against retreating soldiers who shortly before had marched heedlessly across their land. Clausewitz believed that Russia had emulated Spain in making war a concern of the people, and thought the result ‘brilliant’.  But he recognised that guerrilla tactics did not win the day.
States were occupied and driven into subservience, national boundaries re-drawn, puppet monarchies created and the Holy Roman Empire brought down. Once Napoleon overcame the technical and organisational imperfections of France’s army, this juggernaut of war, based on the strength of the entire people, began its pulverising course through Europe … all limits disappeared in the vigor and enthusiasm shown by governments and their subjects. … War, untrammeled by any conventional restraints, had broken loose in all its elemental fury.
40 Even so, French forces remained in control of much of Spain until 1811–12 when troops were withdrawn for the invasion of Russia. For Clausewitz the great contribution of irregular forces was to inspire national resistance. 41 Once the ﬂames of national resistance are lit, Clausewitz argued, they will spread like a brushﬁre, endangering the enemy’s communications and eventually his entire force. ‘Like smoldering embers, [people’s war] consumes the basic foundations of the enemy forces’.  The methods may be unpleasant but results count.
On Clausewitz: A Study of Military and Political Ideas by H. Smith