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Clausewitz in the Twenty-First Century$
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Hew Strachan and Andreas Herberg-Rothe

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199232024

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232024.001.0001

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Moral Forces in War

Moral Forces in War

(p.107) 6 Moral Forces in War
Clausewitz in the Twenty-First Century

Ulrike Kleemeier

Oxford University Press

Human emotions play a critical role in Clausewitz's account of war, since for him feelings are the foundation on which reason builds. War, he says, is characterized by disorder: efforts to manage it are subject to what he calls ‘friction’. One of the principal sources of friction is human weakness, and by the same token human strengths are needed to enable effectiveness in war. Clausewitz describes a ‘military genius’ as a commander who combines passion with reason. This synthesis confers powers of judgement and coup d'oeil, which depend both on emotional intelligence and on courage. Clausewitz distinguished between physical bravery on the one hand and the need for resolution in adversity on the other: the latter is what enables a commander to act on the basis of his insights. Significantly, Clausewitz did not see obedience as a necessary moral force in war.

Keywords:   friction, military genius, judgement, coup d'oeil, courage

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