Carl Von Clausewitz
Carl von Clausewitz was a Prussian military commander and military thinker who lived from 1780 to 1831. Clausewitz was born into a noble family from Upper Silesia, and he followed in his father's footsteps by joining the army as a lance-corporal at a early age. Over his life, he served in several key conflicts, including the Rhine Campaigns and the Napoleonic Wars, rising to the rank of general. In 1801, he moved to Berlin to study philosophy as well as the history and tactics of combat at the Kriegsakademie, which led to his essay On War (1832), a dissertation on the moral, political, and social dimensions of warfare. Clausewitz was a decorated and ambitious soldier and leader who served in conflicts around Europe with both the Prussian and Imperial Russian Forces, as well as driving attempts to suppress the cholera outbreak that would claim his life. His war theory is still studied by academics and military authorities today, and it is known for its philosophical approach and conception of war as an extension of political strategy.