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Carl von Clausewitz
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Military Personnel
    (July 1, 1780-November 16, 1831)
    Born in Burg bei Magdeburg, Germany
    Prussian soldier, military theorist and author
    Served in the Napoleonic Wars
    Rose from Lance Corporal to Major General
    Wrote 'On War'
    Best known quote is 'War is a continuation of politics by other means'
    He never completed 'On War' and it was published posthumously by his widow.
    His prose is so difficult to read that many German students prefer reading English translations of 'On War' for their relative clarity.
    He was considered the first advocate of 'total war.'
    His ideas were adapted by Hitler, Lenin and Mao.
    He graduated first in his class from the Prussian military academy.
    He is a character in <1877>Tolstoy 'On War' remains one of the most important books on military strategy, and is required reading at many military academies to this day.

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