Quote of the week

“Clausewitz’s claim to contemporary relevance has more than the prevalence of civil wars and of conflicts between non-state actors with which to contend…those who now reject Clausewitz, like all those who have done so in the past, do so on the basis of a selective reading of a vast body of material. On War is itself unfinished: the text which we have is a work in progress and its judgments are not consistent. That is the very source of its enduring strength.”

—Hew Strachan


Quote of the week

“The history of war represents fully half the tale of mankind’s social interactions, and one cannot understand war without understanding its political and social underpinnings (Conversely, one cannot understand political history or cultural development without understanding war.”

Caleb Carr, Introduction to the Modern Library War Series