A somewhat less savoury review..
Keegan was also criticised by peers, including Sir Michael Howard
and Christopher Bassford
for his critical position on Carl von Clausewitz
, a Prussian officer and author of Vom Kriege
), one of the basic texts on warfare
and military strategy
. Keegan was described as "profoundly mistaken". Bassford stated, "Nothing anywhere in Keegan's work – despite his many diatribes about Clausewitz and 'the Clausewitzians' – reflects any reading whatsoever of Clausewitz's own writings." The political scientist Richard Betts
criticised Keegan's understanding of the political dimensions of war, calling Keegan "a naïf about politics."
Noting Keegan's works on the Waffen-SS
, the military historian S.P. MacKenzie
describes him as a popular historian "partially or wholly seduced by [its] mystique". He connects Keegan with contemporary Waffen-SS historical revisionism
, first propounded by HIAG
, the Waffen-SS lobby group from the 1950–1990s. Commenting on this contemporary trend, Mackenzie writes that "as the older generation of Waffen-SS scribes has died off, a new, post-war cadre of writers has done much to perpetuate the image of the force as a revolutionary European army" and includes Keegan in the group.
In August 2015, Russia
considered banning Keegan's works, accusing him of Nazi sympathies.