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VII. Clausewitz on Waterloo: Napoleon at Bay

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Moran, Daniel
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2010
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Clausewitz wrote his History of the Campaign of 1815 sometime during what proved to be the last three working years of his life: between July of 1827, when he decided to undertake a thorough revision of the manuscript that would become On War, and the spring of 1830, when he left Berlin to take up an operational assignment as inspector of artillery in Breslau. A few months later he was named chief of staff of the Prussian forces that were being assembled to observe, and if necessary to suppress, revolutionary agitation in Poland. It was in the course of the latter assignment that Clausewitz contracted the cholera from which he died the following year, leaving On War in the unfinished state in which it has come down to us. The undated manuscript of the Campaign of 1815 was found among his surviving papers and included among the collected works published under his wife’s supervision a few years later.
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