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The latter is the source of confusion for minds which have been shaped by the former, especially when strategic theory has not been exposed with sufficient regularity to the test of strategic practice. We read military history in order to understand how each war differs, and so to appreciate better the relationship between cause and effect. Moreover, war—and especially protracted war—becomes in practice the master of policy, not its servant, narrowing the options available to governments and forcing liberal democracies down paths that are neither liberal nor democratic.
3 Bülow's book was translated into French and English, and so popularized the word, if not its intellectual baggage. Instead, Napoleon's defeat of the Austrian army commanded by the hapless Mack at Ulm in 1805, the product of brilliant manoeuvre but achieved without fighting, provided him with his clinching argument. He also condemned Bülow's determination to find a system (not that he totally denied a similar desire in his own writings) because Bülow's systematizing failed to acknowledge the role of chance and uncertainty in war.
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Aces (2) by W. Wayne Patton