Carl philipp gottfried or gottlieb von clausewitz k l a z v t s 1 june 1780 16 november 1831 was a prussian general and military theorist who stressed the moral meaning in modern terms psychological and political aspects of warhis most notable work vom kriege on war was unfinished at his deathclausewitz was a realist in many different senses and while in . Clausewitz liked the fog of war image given a per fectly good opportunity to write fiall action takes lightfl relegating fifogfl and fimoonlightfl to poetic emphasis7 like most useful military concepts fifog of warfl normally carl von clausewitz on war michael e howard and peter paret eds. Origin the word fog in reference to uncertainty in war was introduced by the prussian military analyst carl von clausewitz in his posthumously published book vom kriege 1832 which appeared in english translation in 1873 under the title on war war is the realm of uncertainty three quarters of the factors on which action in war is based are wrapped in a fog of greater or lesser . Note this version of carl von clausewitzs on war is the long obsolete jj graham translation of clausewitzs vom kriege 1832 published in london in 1873 the 1976 84 howard paret version is the standard translation today for the most accurate text one should always consult the 1943 jolles translation . Carl von clausewitz on war edited and translated by michael howard and peter paret introductory essays by peter paret michael howard and bernard brodie with a commentary by bernard brodie index by rosalie west princeton university press princeton new jersey chapter one what is war 1
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