2010.02.01

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Peter Paret

Response to Kiesling on Peter Paret, The Cognitive  Challenge of War: Prussia 1806. [MWSR 2010.01.07.]

At the conclusion of her review, Eugenia Kiesling quotes a long sentence on the political opposition of Prussian conservatives to the Landwehr after 1815 (98-99), to illustrate her belief that I occasionally compress too many ideas into a single statement, which leads to "near incomprehensibility." May I point out that she quotes me inaccurately. I did not write " ... a development motivated ... by conservative dislike of the Landwehr's privileges and their social imperialism"--which is nonsense. I did write " ... a development motivated ... by conservative dislike of the Landwehr's privileges and their social implications"--which seems pretty clear.

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