On Wellington: A Critique of Waterloo

On Wellington: A Critique of Waterloo

Hardback Campaign and Commanders

By (author) Carl von Clausewitz, By (author) Peter Hofschroer

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  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Format: Hardback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 230mm x 25mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 28 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Oklahoma
  • ISBN 10: 0806141085
  • ISBN 13: 9780806141084
  • Illustrations note: 1 b&w illustration, 1 map
  • Sales rank: 731,499

Product description

The Battle of Waterloo has been studied and dissected so extensively that one might assume little more on the subject could be discovered. Now historian Peter Hofschroer brings forward a long-repressed commentary written by Carl von Clausewitz, the author of "On War."Clausewitz, the Western world's most renowned military theorist, participated in the Waterloo campaign as a senior staff officer in the Prussian army. His appraisal, offered here in an up-to-date and readable translation, criticized the Duke of Wellington's actions. Lord Liverpool sent his translation of the manuscript to Wellington, who pronounced it a "lying work." The translated commentary was quickly buried in Wellington's private papers, where it languished for a century and a half. Now published for the first time in English, Hofschroer brings Clausewitz's critique back into view with thorough annotation and contextual explanation.Peter Hofschroer, long recognized as a leading scholar of the Napoleonic Wars, shows how the Duke prevented the account's publication during his lifetime--a manipulation of history so successful that almost two centuries passed before Clausewitz's work reemerged, finally permitting a reappraisal of key events in the campaign. In addition to translating and annotating Clausewitz's critique, Hofschroer also includes an order of battle and an extensive bibliography.

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