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Thoughts on War

Phillip S. Meilinger


In these provocative essays, military historian Phillip Meilinger explores timeless issues. Beginning with an iconoclastic look at the ideas of Carl von Clausewitz, Meilinger sees an unfortunate influence due to an emphasis on bloody battle, combined with a Euro-centric worldview. Moreover, Clausewitz’s dictum that war is an extension of policy actually says very little to guide modern world leaders. Other essays examine the nature of war in the twenty-first century, principles of war, the meaning of decisive victory, the importance of second front operations, the influence of time in battle, ... More

Keywords: War, Military Theory, Carl von Clausewitz, airpower, joint operations, strategic bombing, decisive battle, military culture, special operations forces, military intelligence, timing, amphibious operations, second fronts, World War II, Vietnam War, Afghanistan, Iraq, American military tradition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780813178899
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813178899.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Phillip S. Meilinger, author