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What is War? Essay

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CLAUSEWITZ, ON WAR NOTES
BOOK 1, CHAPTER 1 – WHAT IS WAR?
1-INTRODUCTION:
When considering the each individual part of war, its relation to war as an entirety must also be kept in view
2-DEFINITION:
‘War is nothing but a duel on an extensive scale.’ Metaphor of two wrestlers: ‘Each strives by physical force to compel the other to submit to his will: each endeavours to throw his adversary, and thus render him incapable of further resistance.’
War therefore is an act of violence intended to compel our opponent to fulfil our will.’
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‘Violence, that is to say, physical force… is therefore the means; the compulsory submission of the enemy to our will is the ultimate object.’
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‘…disarmament becomes… the immediate
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‘Every transaction requires… a certain… duration.’ Which depends on person making the move, each working at own
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