Helmuth von Moltke, 1800–57
In October 1800, when he was born, his kingdom had gone to sleep on the laurels of Frederick the Great.1 By April 1891, when he died, the kingdom of Prussia had been resurrected, it dominated the first new Germanic great power since the fifteenth century. And the means to that end — a new form of war process — had been created which would become the model and paradigm for twentieth-century armies around the world. Helmuth von Moltke’s life mirrored, represented and created one of the enduring and surprising inventions of the nineteenth-century world.
KeywordsAustrian Emperor Royal Family Loop Learning General Staff Double Loop Learning
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- 3.Doris Asmundsson, Georg Brandes: Aristocratic Radical (New York, 1981), p. 7Google Scholar
- Elias Bredsdorff, Hans Christian Andersen (New York, 1975), passim.Google Scholar
- 4.R. R. Palmer and J. Colton, A History of the Modern World (8th edn, New York, 1995), p. 422.Google Scholar
- 9.Friedrich August Dressler, Moltke in Seiner Hauslichkeit (2nd edn, Berlin, 1904), p. 78.Google Scholar
- 23.Mark Dodgson, ‘Technology Learning, Technology Strategy and Competitive Pressure’, British Journal of Management Technology Learning, Vol. 2 (1991), p. 141.Google Scholar
- 64.James M. Brophy, Capitalism, Politics and Railroads in Prussia, 1830–1870 (Columbus, 1998), pp. 30–3.Google Scholar
- 68.Hannah Pakula, An Uncommon Woman: the Empress Frederick (New York, 1995), p. 60.Google Scholar
- 82.Hubert von Boehn, Generalstabsgeschaefte (Potsdam, 1875), pp. 108–9.Google Scholar
- 89.Kurt Jany, Geschichte der Preussischen Armee von 15. Jahrhundert bis 1914 (2nd edn, 4 vols, Osnabrück, 1967), Vol. IV, pp. 187–9.Google Scholar
- 90.Hermann Rahne, Mobilmachung: Militaerische Mobilmachungsplanung undtechnik in Preussen und im Deutschen Reich von Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts bis zum zweiten Weltkrieg (Berlin, 1983), p. 16.Google Scholar