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(p. 33) 2. The Evolution of Modern Warfare 

(p. 33) 2. The Evolution of Modern Warfare
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(p. 33) 2. The Evolution of Modern Warfare
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Michael Sheehan

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10.1093/hepl/9780198708919.003.0003
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date: 25 August 2019

This chapter deals with strategic theory, which provides a conceptual understanding of the nature of war. It begins with a discussion of the logic of strategy and the universal nature of the logic of war, suggesting that although strategy is an art, it can also be studied systematically. It then considers some of the most valuable concepts in strategic theory as articulated by Carl von Clausewitz in On War, including the trinity, the need to understand the nature of a war, the difference between limited and unlimited wars, the rational calculus of war, and friction. These concepts are compared with those found in Sun Tzu's Art of War as well as the military writings of Mao Tse-Tung and jihadist writers. The chapter concludes by analysing and refuting the main arguments about the obsolescence of classical strategic theory.

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