Naval War College Review


John T. Kuehn


One is tempted to ask why naval officers should be interested in reading a biog- raphy of the wife of the famous Prussian philosopher of war Carl von Clausewitz. In answer we might go to the words of Marie von Clausewitz herself, from her letter of dedication to Carl’s unfinished masterpiece On War: “Readers will be rightly surprised that a woman should dare to write a preface for such a work as this. My friends will need no explanation. . . . Those who knew of our happy marriage and knew that we shared every- thing, not only joy and pain but also every occupation, every concern of daily life, will realize that a task of this kind could not occupy my beloved husband without at the same time becoming thoroughly familiar to me” (preface to Carl von Clausewitz, On War, ed. and trans.