Strachan on Clausewitz: setting standards for research and study

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This article provides an appraisal of Hew Strachan’s impact on Clausewitz research since the early 2000s. It highlights that owing to the complexity of Clausewitz’s oeuvre and its publication history, scholarship on Clausewitz has to live up to demanding standards in order to be compelling. Strachan’s research on Clausewitz provides not only a revisionist reinterpretation that usher our understanding of the Prussian general into the post-Cold War era. It also sets out the relevant standards and exemplifies how particular challenges can be overcome. Conversely, Strachan has also used his understanding of Clausewitz as a framework to sketch an understanding of strategic studies as an interdisciplinary field that is founded in history and that takes Clausewitz’s trinity as a starting point for a more meaningful debate on civil-military relations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)560-574
Number of pages15
JournalWar in History
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2020


  • Carl von Clausewitz
  • Hew Strachan
  • History of strategic thought
  • Military history
  • Operational level of war
  • People's war
  • Strategic studies


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