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New Releases. On War. Description Translated by J. Graham, revised by F.

Maude Abridged and with an Introduction by Louise Willmot. On War is perhaps the greatest book ever written about war.

Carl von Clausewitz, a Prussian soldier, had witnessed at first hand the immense destructive power of the French Revolutionary armies which swept across Europe between and His response was to write a comprehensive text covering every aspect of warfare. On War is both a philosophical and practical work in which Clausewitz defines the essential nature of war, debates the qualities of the great commander, assesses the relative strengths of defensive and offensive warfare, and - in highly controversial passages - considers the relationship between war and politics.

His arguments are illustrated with vivid examples drawn from the campaigns of Frederick the Great and Napoleon Bonaparte. For the student of society as well as the military historian, On War remains a compelling and indispensable source. Other books in this series.

The Divine Comedy Dante. Add to basket. The government should have the power to respond to emergency situations, for example a direct attack on an Australian territory. Presently, most units of the Australian Defence Force are not kept in a battle-ready state. Before anyone can be deployed, there is a long process of training personnel and acquiring provisions.


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A parliamentary process before deployment into conflict occurs in the US, UK and most European countries. This is not a radical concept. In fact, we are one of the only Western democratic countries without a transparent process.

We have an obligation to consult, not to go to war. In fact, our former foreign minister Julie Bishop recently said in response to a question on what would happen if North Korea attacked the United States:. ABC Fact Check has created a detailed timeline here. It is fundamental to our national security that, at the very least, relevant leading members of the opposition should be cleared to deal with classified information and, at times of looming threat, be briefed on the available intelligence.

An alternative way forward is that closed briefings could be made to an appropriate cross-party group, for example, the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security.

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This is an issue that should be considered when drafting a model for accountability. Right now, the decision lies with the prime minister and Executive, who the public do not vote for. Our campaign is made up of Australians with a range of backgrounds, including former senior military officers, diplomats, defence officials, campaigners and academics.

Optional email code. This quite readable translation appeared at the close of the Vietnam War and—principally for marketing and copyright reasons—has become the modern standard. By Jon Tetsuro Sumida. Sumida contends that Clausewitz's central value lies in his method of reenacting the psychological difficulties of high command in order to promote the powers of intuition that he believed were essential to effective strategic decision-making.

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Sumida also correctly notes Clausewitz's argument that the defense is a stronger form of war, and goes on to explore the implications of that fact. Switch to German original Compare German and English versions. Search On War. Convergence of Attack and Divergence of Defence.

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Mutual Action and Reaction of Attack and Defence. Defence of Streams and Rivers continued.