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Mutual Understanding as to a Battle

by Carl Von Clausewitz5mAugust 28th, 2023
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No battle can take place unless by mutual consent; and in this idea, which constitutes the whole basis of a duel, is the root of a certain phraseology used by historical writers, which leads to many indefinite and false conceptions. According to the view of the writers to whom we refer, it has frequently happened that one Commander has offered battle to the other, and the latter has not accepted it. But the battle is a very modified duel, and its foundation is not merely in the mutual wish to fight, that is in consent, but in the objects which are bound up with the battle: these belong always to a greater whole, and that so much the more, as even the whole war considered as a “combat-unit” has political objects and conditions which belong to a higher standpoint. The mere desire to conquer each other therefore falls into quite a subordinate relation, or rather it ceases completely to be anything of itself, and only becomes the nerve which conveys the impulse of action from the higher will.
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Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz was a general and military theorist who stressed the "moral", in modern terms.

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Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz was a general and military theorist who stressed the "moral", in modern terms.

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