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War and Politics Are both one in the sameI was not fated to be a warrior Fate nevertheless cast my life among warriors John Keegan His home in England was near the main gathering point for the D-Day invasion Along with his fathers service in World War I Keegan felt himself drawn towards the military and its workings Unfortunately Keegan was unable to serve in the British Military due to a childhood illness Although Keegan was unable to serve his country he was determined to find his way into some aspect of the military With a degree at Oxford Keegan became a military historian This essay will take a look into Keegans work A History of Warfare and his thesis that war is not a continuation of politics This essay will refute his thesis with evidence from Clausewitz fallacies in Keegans novel and military conflicts over the past thirty yearsKeegan has dissected the workings of the military and the military soldier In his novel A History of Warfare Keegan disputes the Clausewitzen theory that war is the continuation of policy by other means Keegan supports his theory by giving explanations of how Clausewitzens theory is invalid To understand Keegans position one must first be familiar with Clausewitz Clausewitz was a Prussian regimental officer during the Napoleonic wars Upon retirement he wrote the book On War The books main thesis was war is the continuation by policy by other means Keegan disagrees with Clausewitz by saying Such at statement implies the existence of states of state interests and of rational calculation about how they may be achieved Yet war antedates the state diplomacy and strategy by many millennia Clausewitz a child of Aristotle went no further than to say that a political animal is war making animal Neither dared confront the thought that man is a thinking animal in whom the intellect directs the urge to hunt and the ability to killKeegan suggests that war
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