Michael Howard and Clausewitz

Hew Strachan*

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The English translation of Carl von Clausewitz’s On War by Michael Howard and Peter Paret has had a major impact on how Clausewitz is read today, especially in the United States and Britain. Howard in particular was determined to make Clausewitz doubly relevant – as one soldier speaking to other soldiers and as an author whose views on war had continuing purchase. However, the result is a text which, in reflecting the issues of its day, is not fully reflective of what Clausewitz himself said and has itself become dated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-160
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Strategic Studies
Issue number1
Early online date7 Feb 2022
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Michael Howard
  • Peter Paret
  • Carl von Clausewitz
  • War
  • Limited war
  • Civil-military relations


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