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DOI: 10.31921/doxacom
Issue number: 15, July-December 2012


Pedro Rivas Nieto Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca
Title Basic principles of generalized war in National Security Doctrine (or Von Clausewitz and Ludendorf ´s influence in Latin America) Summary This paper analyzes the concept of generalized war, which played a key role in the development of the National Security Doctrine. The interpretation of generalized war by theorists of National Security Doctrine mixed different previous ideas: absolute war –from Von Clausewitz-, total war –from Eric Ludendorff- and atomic war -from Cold War times-. This paper studies the confusing nature of such concepts: the theoretical misconceptions, the excessive enthusiasm that war generated among classical theorists and the forced interpretation of political and social realities, which gave way to a justification of the excesses of the National Security regimes. Keywords Generalized War, Absolute War, Atomic War, Cold War, National Security Doctrine, Armed Forces


doi: https://doi.org/10.31921/doxacom.n15a5


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