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The Spirit of the Modern System of War

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  • Date Published: September 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108061575


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  • Dietrich Heinrich von Bülow (1757–1807) served for sixteen years in the Prussian army, but for the remainder of his life lived a varied existence as a theatrical manager, preacher, writer, businessman, debtor and finally prisoner. It was not until after his death that this work, written in 1799 and reissued here in its 1806 English translation, began to find favour. He advocates the use of mathematical principles in devising swift and decisive tactics, and was one of the first theoreticians to regard tactics and strategy as separate concerns. At a time when Germany and Italy were yet to be unified, he writes that expansion to 'optimum' size would result in a Europe of only twelve states. The book's theories were criticised by Napoleon and Clausewitz, but had a considerable influence on the Prussian and Austrian armies of the late nineteenth century, and it is regarded as one of the founding texts of modern geopolitics.

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    • Date Published: September 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108061575
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Commentator's preface
    Part I. A View of the Principle on Which the Modern System of War Is Founded:
    1. General notions
    2. Of lines of operation
    3. Of diverging lines of operation
    4. Of parallel lines of operation
    5. Of lines of operation
    6. Of the most advantageous form and direction of a base
    7. Of retreats within the base
    8. Of parallel and eccentric retreats
    9. Of the result of all the foregoing inquiries
    10. The difference between strategics and tactics
    11. Of the order of battle
    12. Of the Chevalier Foulard's column
    13. Difference between the tactics of the ancients and those of the moderns
    14. Result of the foregoing chapters
    Part II. Consequence of the Principle Which Requires a Military Base Previous to Any Operation:
    1. Masses of fighting men
    2. One consequence of the foregoing exposition
    3. Europe will one day be divided into several great states
    4. Natural limits
    5. The superiority given by the modern system of war to number over valour
    6. Perpetual peace
    7. Conclusion
    Part III. Application of the Principle of the Base to Past Military Events, and to Those that May Take Place in Future:
    1. Of the period at which the first development of the principle of the base was made
    2. Examination of some campaigns of the Seven Years' War
    3. Observations on the wars which have occurred since the Seven Years' War
    4. What are the natural bounds of the great European states?

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