Clausewitzian

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Clausewitz +‎ -ian

Adjective[edit]

Clausewitzian ‎(comparative more Clausewitzian, superlative most Clausewitzian)

  1. Adhering to or described by the military theory of Carl von Clausewitz.
    • 1916, Arthur L. Conger, "Moltke's Plans of Campaign," Military Historian and Economist, Vol. 1, January 1916, 297:
      The Jominian and Clausewitzian conceptions, with their checkerboard and geometrical analogies, were plausible enough when applied to the medium sized armies operating in the French-German-Italian theatre of the Napoleonic period.
    • 1958, Paul Kecskemeti (RAND Corporation), Strategic Surrender: The Politics of Victory and Defeat, Stanford University Press, ISBN 9780804705493, 31:
      It was a campaign of disruption, conceived and conducted along classic, Clausewitzian lines.
    • 2009, James Der Derian, Virtuous war: mapping the military-industrial-media-entertainment network, 2nd ed., Taylor & Francis, ISBN 9780203881538, xxii:
      Indeed, I thought it seemed like a waste of time and intelligence even to speak of this war as rational activity, as a Clausewitzian continuation of politics by other means.