Analysis Of Carl Von Clausewitz's Views On War

There are many differing opinions on war and the motivation to fight in it. In Carl von Clausewitz’s famous document, On War, he goes in depth about his specific views on war. Clausewitz says that the ideology that people feel for the war is what motivates them to fight and this motivation is in direct correlation with the violence in the war, but I believe that it is people’s desire for change that motivates them to fight in the war. Though Clausewitz makes good points throughout On War, I believe that he missed this one. When people are not pleased with their current environment or with something that has happened, they want it to change. It is this passion and desire for change that motivates the people to actually take a stand. Just because …show more content…
The people against slavery were called abolitionists. The abolitionists believed that slavery was wrong and evil. The south argued that blacks were similar to children and could not care for themselves. The north argued against slavery and “the voices of Northern abolitionists… became increasingly violent” (“Slavery in the United States” 2014). The south tried to say that slaves were happy, but educated, heartfelt attacks on slavery written by people like escaped-slave Frederick Douglass said otherwise. The treatment of slaves varied depending on the owner, but families of slaves being separated and punishments like whipping was common.
Though the war may have started as a way to preserve the Union which was breaking after the election of an anti-slavery President, Abraham Lincoln, it turned into a war that would decide the fate of slavery (“Slavery in the United States” 2014). The desire for change is what caused the civil war. The people of the northern states recognized that slavery should not be legal while the southern states wanted to expand slavery to the west. This drastic difference in opinion was the motivation for the war. If the abolitionists were not so passionate about a change in slavery, then the Civil war would not have

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