The Theories Of Clausewitz And Creveld

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What is the difference in the theories of Clausewitz and Creveld? Nearly two and a half decades a dispute between the supporters of two theories about the war is taking place. Namely, the dispute over the trinitarian and nontrinitarian war takes from the appearance of the famous book written by Martin Van Creveld - The Transformation of War. The cause of the dispute is allegedly the existence of differences in understanding of the place and role of politics and its relationship with the war. The Clausewitz’s claim that the policy instrument of war became cliche in Western literature as Waldman states . In contrast to, Creveld proposes radical, even heretical nontrinitarian model for low intensity conflict and unconventional war since…show more content…
The Prussian military thinker explicitly claims that the abstract war in social and historical reality appeared under Napoleon. Unlike the abstract, each concrete war is inspired by certain political motives that can hold violence under control. Violence that is conditioned by the political purpose of conducting the war leads us to Clausewitz’s glorious determination of war as an instrument of politics, more precisely, the continuation of politics by other means. The war, according to Clausewitz 's view, is a combination of: 1) hatred and hostility, which this philosopher of war compares to blind natural instincts, 2) the game of chance and coincidence, "which transforms it into the free activity of the spirit" and 3) "subordinate nature of the political instrument, which is why it belongs to reason." The first element mainly belongs to the people, to the second army and military leader, and to the third government (sovereign or state). The war, therefore, is understood in Clausewitz 's theory as a social activity and as an activity that belongs to the sphere of politics. In addition to this functional unity, the war is characterized by an inner unity determined by its goal. In war, Clausewitz emphasizes, there is only one success, and that is the ultimate, so war is an indivisible whole, whose parts (individual successes) have values only in relation to this whole. Creveld’s theory on War Studying the reasons why the modern armed forces of even extremely

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