Essay about What is War?

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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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need to ‘…appears an absurdity…’
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13- THERE IS ONLY ONE CAUSE WHICH CAN SUSPEND THE ACTION, AND THIS SEEMS TO BE ONLY POSSIBLE ON ONE SIDE IN ANY CASE
‘…can only be brought to a standstill by either side by one single motive alone, which is, that he waits for a more favourable moment for action.’
‘…if no alteration in this condition of equilibrium is to be expected, the two parties must make peace; but if an alteration is to be expected, then it can only be favourable to one side, and therefore the other has a manifest interest to act without delay.’
‘…the conception of an equilibrium cannot explain a suspension of arms, but that it ends in the question of the expectation of a more favourable moment.’
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14- THUS A CONTINUANCE OF ACTION WILL ENSUE WHICH WILL ADVANCE TOWARDS A CLIMAX
‘If this unbroken continuity of hostile operations really existed, the effect would be that everything would again be driven towards the extreme…’
‘But we know that the course of action in war has seldom or never this unbroken continuity, and that there have been many wars in which action occupied by far the smallest portion of time employed, the whole rest being consumed in inaction.’
‘…suspension of action in war must therefore be possible…’
15- HERE, THEREFORE THE PRINCIPLE OF POLARITY IS BROUGHT INTO REQUISITION
‘the principle of polarity is only valid when it can be conceived in one and the same thing, where the positive and its opposite the negative completely

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