War and Revolution: Friedrich Engels as a Military and Political Thinker

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Blackledge, P (2019). War and Revolution: Friedrich Engels as a Military and Political Thinker. War and Society. 38 (2), pp. 81-97.
AuthorsBlackledge, P
Abstract

This article explores the link between political and military strategy and tactics in the work of Friedrich Engels. Though widely praised for his understanding of military affairs, Engels’ interlocutors have tended to be dismissive of his political works. By exploring his politics through the lens of his military writings this article challenges the view that Engels was a mechanical materialist and political fatalist thinker. It argues that his military writings cannot be understood apart from his political works, and that, whatever the historical limitations of the specific conclusions to which he came, his method in these writings illuminate his profound grasp of the relationship between strategy and tactics at both the military and political levels.

Keywords1608 Sociology; 2103 Historical Studies; 1606 Political Science
Year2019
JournalWar and Society
Journal citation38 (2), pp. 81-97
PublisherManey Publishing
ISSN0729-2473
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/07292473.2019.1566981
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07292473.2019.1566981
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Print22 Feb 2019
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Deposited23 Apr 2018
Accepted12 Apr 2018
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