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Carl von Clausewitz

1780 - 1831

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Carl Philipp Gottfried (or Gottlieb) von Clausewitz (German pronunciation: [ˌkaʁl fɔn ˈklaʊ̯zəvɪt͡s] (listen); 1 June 1780 – 16 November 1831) was a Prussian general and military theorist who stressed the "moral", in modern terms meaning psychological, and political aspects of waging war. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Carl von Clausewitz has received more than 2,372,877 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Carl von Clausewitz is the 86th most popular philosopher (down from 85th in 2019), the 104th most popular biography from Germany (down from 103rd in 2019) and the 12th most popular German Philosopher.

Carl von Clausewitz is most famous for his book On War.

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Among philosophers, Carl von Clausewitz ranks 86 out of 1,081Before him are Claude Lévi-Strauss, Roger Bacon, Jean Bodin, Nicholas of Cusa, Nagarjuna, and Gregory of Nazianzus. After him are Al-Kindi, Athanasius of Alexandria, Boethius, Leucippus, John of Damascus, and Zeno of Citium.

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Among people born in 1780, Carl von Clausewitz ranks 2Before him is Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. After him are Pauline Bonaparte, Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner, Miloš Obrenović, Jules de Polignac, Charles Nodier, Pierre-Jean de Béranger, Sacagawea, Jernej Kopitar, Ranjit Singh, and Mary Somerville. Among people deceased in 1831, Carl von Clausewitz ranks 2Before him is Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. After him are James Monroe, Sophie Germain, Napoléon Louis Bonaparte, Grand Duke Konstantin Pavlovich of Russia, Ioannis Kapodistrias, Countess Augusta Reuss of Ebersdorf, Emilia Plater, Achim von Arnim, Charles Felix of Sardinia, and Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg.

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Among people born in Germany, Carl von Clausewitz ranks 104 out of 6,142Before him are Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor (1050), Walter Gropius (1883), Ernst Haeckel (1834), Nicholas of Cusa (1401), Alfred Wegener (1880), and Clara Schumann (1819). After him are Carl Maria von Weber (1786), Nikolaus Otto (1832), Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor (1368), Willy Brandt (1913), Gottlieb Daimler (1834), and Baron Munchausen (1720).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Carl von Clausewitz ranks 12Before him are Ludwig Feuerbach (1804), Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762), Karl Jaspers (1883), Jürgen Habermas (1929), Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (1775), and Nicholas of Cusa (1401). After him are Walter Benjamin (1892), Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767), Friedrich Fröbel (1782), Meister Eckhart (1260), Johann Friedrich Herbart (1776), and Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900).