chapter  19
Conclusions: Towards a Unified Theory of War
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The extent of the cultural and historical gaps separating Sun Tzu’s The Art of War and Clausewitz’s On War, not to mention the apparently contradictory nature of their most well-known dicta, has encouraged t he a priori assumption that Sun Tzu and Clausewitz espouse essentially antagonistic theories. But closer scrutiny reveals that while a number of differences exist, so do m any similarities and complementary ideas. The occasional selections from Jomini’s The Art of War indicate that the differences between Jomini and Clausewitz have been overstated as well.