The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination will hold a seminar, "Clausewitz's Early Life and His Theories: A Biographical Challenge," on Thursday, March 7, 2019, at 4:30 p.m., in 019 Bendheim Hall, with historian Peter Paret. The session is open to the public and rsvp is required. To attend, RSVP to Angella Sandford.
Professor Peter Paret is a cultural and intellectual historian with particular interest in the modern historiography of war, the interaction of war and society since the eighteenth century, and the relationship of art, society, and politics. He is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, Emeritus, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; and the Reymond A. Spruance Professor of International History Emeritus, Stanford University. Prof. Paret has published more than two dozen monographs and collected works: amongst them two books on contemporary military theory, Guerrillas in the 1960s (with John W. Shy, 1961), and French Revolutionary Warfare from Indochina to Algeria (1964); a study of military innovation, Yorck and the Era of Prussian Reform (1966); a biography, Clausewitz and the State (1976); a study of the clash of tradition and innovation in Napoleonic warfare, The Cognitive Challenge of War (2009); two books on conflict over modernism in modern art, The Berlin Secession (1980) and An Artist against the Third Reich (2003); as well as Art as History: Episodes in the Culture and History of Nineteenth-Century Germany (1988), Imagined Battles: Reflections of War in European Art (1997), and two volumes of essays. He has also edited or coedited ten volumes. His most recent books are Myth and Modernity: Ernst Barlach’s Drawings on the Nibelungen (2012), written with Helga Thieme, which discusses a modern interpretation of a medieval myth as a document of German history in the 1920s and ’30s, and Clausewitz and His Time (2014), essays in the cultural and intellectual history of thinking about war, an expanded version of which is currently being translated for publication in Germany, and Makers of Modern Strategy, published with Princeton University, is now translated into modern Chinese, its forteenth language. Professor Paret has received many prizes and distinctions - amongst them the Pritzger Lifetime Achievement Award; the Thomas Jefferson Medal of the American Philosophical Society; and the Great Cross, Order of Merit, Federal Republic of Germany.