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Author Paret, Peter

Title The cognitive challenge of war : Prussia 1806 / Peter Paret
Published Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2009


Description 1 online resource (x, 164 pages) : illustrations, map, plans
Contents Two battles -- Violence in words and images -- Responses and reform -- The conquest of reality by theory
Summary 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 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Clausewitz, Carl von, 1780-1831 -- Military leadership
Jomini, Antoine Henri, baron de, 1779-1869 -- Military leadership
SUBJECT Jomini, Antoine Henri, baron de, 1779-1869 -- Military leadership
Clausewitz, Carl von, 1780-1831 -- Military leadership
Clausewitz, Carl von, 1780-1831 fast
Jomini, Antoine Henri, baron de, 1779-1869 fast
Subject Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Campaigns -- Germany -- Prussia
Jena, Battle of, Jena, Germany, 1806.
Auerstedt, Battle of, Auerstedt, Germany, 1806.
Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Social aspects -- Germany -- Prussia
Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Art and the wars
Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Literature and the wars
Military history -- Case studies
Military art and science -- Case studies
HISTORY -- Europe -- Western.
War and literature
Command of troops
Military art and science
Military campaigns
Military history
Social aspects
Germany -- Auerstedt
Germany -- Jena
Germany -- Prussia
Jena -- Schlacht.
Auerstedt -- Schlacht.
Genre/Form Art and the war
Case studies
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781400831340