Carl von Clausewitz

German-Prussian soldier and military theorist

Carl Philipp Gottlieb von Clausewitz (IPA: [ˈklaʊzəvɪts]) (July 1, 1782 in Burg bei Magdeburg [1]November 16, 1831 in Breslau) was a Prussian general who fought in the Napoleonic Wars. He joined the Russian Army to fight against the French invasion of Russia. Later, he wrote about war, army and the military science.

Carl Philipp Gottlieb von Clausewitz
Carl von Clausewitz in Prussian service, painting by Karl Wilhelm Wach
Years of service1792–1831

He wrote the book On War, in which he said that "War is the continuation of politics by other means." In his book, On War, Clausewitz wrote how to win a war, how to build an army, and what war is. He did not think war was an art or a science. Instead, war was about people, money, and land.


  1. Christopher Bassford. (2002). Clausewitz and his Works. Archived 2008-02-24 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 2007-06-31.

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Other websitesEdit

  • Clausewitz homepage Archived 2008-01-24 at the Wayback Machine, much information about him.
  • Works by Carl von Clausewitz at Project Gutenberg
  • Paul Roques, Le général de Clausewitz. Sa vie et sa théorie de la guerre, Paris, Editions Astrée, 2013. ISBN 979-10-91815-01-7