Lost through non-translation: Bringing Clausewitz's writings on ‘new wars’ back in

Kaempf, Sebastian (2011) Lost through non-translation: Bringing Clausewitz's writings on ‘new wars’ back in. Small Wars and Insurgencies, 22 4: 548-573. doi:10.1080/09592318.2011.599164

Author Kaempf, Sebastian
Title Lost through non-translation: Bringing Clausewitz's writings on ‘new wars’ back in
Journal name Small Wars and Insurgencies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-2318
Publication date 2011-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09592318.2011.599164
Volume 22
Issue 4
Start page 548
End page 573
Total pages 26
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract While Carl von Clausewitz has generally been respected as one of the most profound philosophers of war, his expertise has been regarded as somewhat limited if not even irrelevant to the so-called ‘new wars’ of the post-Cold War world. Many scholars in international relations have claimed that ‘new wars’ are essentially ‘post-Clausewitzian’ and ‘post-trinitarian’ in nature, meaning that they are no longer fathomable through a Clausewitzian framework. However Clausewitz's earlier writings were nearly exclusively dedicated to guerrilla warfare, or what he called ‘small wars’. These writings have been largely overlooked by many analysts of contemporary conflicts. By drawing on his rare and untranslated writings, the article uncovers a critical part of Clausewitz's expertise in asymmetric warfare and shows that, far from being irrelevant in an age where interstate warfare is increasingly being replaced by conflicts between states and semi-/non-state actors, Clausewitz's philosophical writings actually shed new light into the particular interactive dynamics generated during wars waged under conditions of asymmetry.
Keyword Clausewitz
Guerilla war
Asymmetric conflict
Small war
New wars
'My Lectures on Small Wars'
'Confession Memorandum'
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Mon, 03 Oct 2011, 19:38:20 EST by Sebastian Kaempf on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies