The Cognitive Challenge of War: Prussia 1806

The Cognitive Challenge of War Prussia Responding to the enemy s innovation in war presents problems to soldiers and societies of all times This book traces Napoleon s victory over Prussia in and Prussia s effort to recover from defea

  • Title: The Cognitive Challenge of War: Prussia 1806
  • Author: Peter Paret
  • ISBN: 9780691135816
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Cognitive Challenge of War: Prussia 1806

    Responding to the enemy s innovation in war presents problems to soldiers and societies of all times This book traces Napoleon s victory over Prussia in 1806 and Prussia s effort to recover from defeat to show how in one particular historical episode operational analyses together with institutional and political decisions eventually turned defeat to victory The author moResponding to the enemy s innovation in war presents problems to soldiers and societies of all times This book traces Napoleon s victory over Prussia in 1806 and Prussia s effort to recover from defeat to show how in one particular historical episode operational analyses together with institutional and political decisions eventually turned defeat to victory The author moves from a comparative study of French and Prussian forces to campaign narrative and strategic analysis He examines processes of change in institutions and doctrine, as well as their dependence on social and political developments, and interprets works of art and literature as indicators of popular and elite attitudes toward war, which influence the conduct of war and the kind and extent of military innovation In the concluding chapter he addresses the impact of 1806 on two men who fought on opposing sides in the campaign and sought a new theoretical understanding of war Henri Jomini and Carl von Clausewitz Fields of history that are often kept separate are brought together in this book, which seeks to replicate the links between different areas of thought and action as they exist in reality and shape events.

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    1. Replicant33

      This is a surprisingly entertaining and enlightening read - particularly given its small size for a book written by the man best known as half of the two-man team that translated Carl von Clausewitz's massive tome of military theory, On War, into the best English translation available to date. Of course, Paret has further established his expertise in all things Clausewitz by giving us translations of Historical and Political Writings and Clausewitz and the State, not to mention his editing of th [...]

    2. Chuck

      "The Cognitive Challenge of War: Prussia 1806" by Peter Paret is an expansion of a lecture given by Paret on how a society responds to a military disaster. The Prussians were decisively defeated by the Napoleon in 1806-7. Their country was dismembered, placed under heavy debt and became a strictly limited dependent of the French.The book discusses some of the responses by Prussia and elements of it's society to the disaster. There is a short summary of the military campaigns of 1806 and 1807. Th [...]

    3. Jur

      Excellent combination of military, art, social and intellectual history of the Prussian defeat at Jena and Auerstedt in 1806, and how it affected Prussian (and German) society, army and politics. Finally Paret distills this in an discussion of Clausewitz' theories on warfare, which he shows were influenced by much more than just military events.I love how Paret weaves books like Kleist's The Prince of Homburg and paintings like The Chasseur in the Woods into his argument. Fascinating in their ow [...]

    4. Ian Fleischmann

      I'll admit, I took this one quickly but the unifying component of the book eluded me. This seemed like four essays related mostly because they addressed the Prussian military in the 1795-1914 time period. Paret's treatment of Jena and Auerstadt is fair enough but too sparse for any detailed level of analysis. The second section humanizes the characters of the day through an exposition of the arts - perhaps it gives a slightly fuller impression of Clausewitz and others. The true benefit of this b [...]

    5. Darrell Fawley

      I can't really place the necessity of this book. I suppose it is to better understand what influenced Clausewitz. It is an interesting, quick read but I don't know that I gained much by reading it.

    6. Christopher

      Excellent, quick read. I particularly enjoyed the bits on Schiller's Wallenstein trilogy and how it provided a cognitive frame for Clausewitz and his contemporaries.

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