…in opposition to all military history.

We see, therefore, in the first place, that under all circumstances war is to be regarded not as an independent thing, but as a political instrument; and it is only by taking this point of view that we can avoid finding ourselves in opposition to all military history. This is the only means of unlocking the great book and making it intelligible. Secondly, just this view shows us how wars must differ in character according to the nature of the motives and circumstances from which they proceed.

Carl von Clausewitz (1780-1831), Vom Kreige (On War), 1832, Book 1, Chapter 1, Sec. 27, translated by: J.J. Graham (1873)

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