Book 1, On The Nature of War : Chapter 1, Introduction, Notes & What is War?
• In Book 1, Chapter 1 the reader is told that the work was translated by Michael Howard and Peter Paret, while the introduction was compiled by Beatrice Heuser.
• The introduction helps to put the book into historical context, particularly that of Europe and the outlook that war was about politics, not people. Wars became less wasteful and less prone to butchery as buildings and farms were normally spared, leading the populace to feel safe.
• The French Revolution changed the mentality associated with war and the populace was concerned about its outcome.
• The author, Clausewitz and two of his brothers entered the Prussian army to train as cadets and then train to become generals.
• Clausewitz observed that he was less compassionate towards the enemy in his youth.
• The author changed his allegiance; however, he remains antagonistic towards the...
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