It was an open question whether politics should be seen as a background to military activities in times of war, or vice versa. The quote of the well-known author Carl von Clausewitz, that war was a continuation of politics in a different form is probably still as true today as when he wrote it in the 19th Century. (Compare “The Sword and the Pen. Selections from the world’s greatest military writings”, collected by Sir Basil Liddell Hart and published by Adrian Liddell Hart, p. 151)
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