The Art of War [Baron Antoine-Henri De Jomini] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Antoine-Henri Jomini was the most celebrated writer on the Napoleonic art of war. Jomini was This is a ~15 page “summary” of the book. Jomini and his Summary of the art of war;. Main Author: Jomini, Antoine Henri, baron de, Related Subjects: Military art and science. Physical. The translators of Jomini’s Summary of the Principles of the Art of War have . Jomini’s Art of War offered a simple, practical guidebook for using troops in.

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Antoine-Henri Jomini

Mendell and Lieutenant W. History at once political and military offers more attractions, but is also much more difficult to treat and does not accord easily with didactic species; for, in order not to destroy its narration, one should suppress precisely all those details which make the merit of a military narrative. He died at Passy only a year before the Franco-Prussian War of — It must not be concluded, however, that the art has arrived at that point that it cannot make another step towards perfection.

Views Read Edit View history. The fall of Napoleon, by summaary up many studious officers to the leisures of peace, became the signal for the apparition of a host of military writings of all kinds.

The Present Theory of War and Its Utility

Clausewitz is always looking for what is different. Jomini won that competition easily — his books were published around 20 times, when there were still copies of the first pressings of On War around decades after his death. As I have said in my chapter of principles, published by itself inthe art of war has existed in all time, and strategy especially was the same under Caesar as under Napoleon. Jomini was a big critic of Clausewitz for two reasons: Specifically, Jomini stated in his book:.

Inafter trying without success to bring about a political understanding between France and Russia, Jomini was called to St Petersburg to act as a military adviser to the Tsar during the Crimean War. But those writers had not penetrated very far into the mine which they wished to explore, and in order to form a just idea of the state of the art in the middle of the 18th century, it is necessary to read what Marshal Saxe wrote in the preface to his Reveries.

He found the job uninteresting and spent most of his time preparing his first book on military theory: Print Return to top. That was tantamount to deserting to the enemy and so it was regarded by many in the French army, and by not a few of his new comrades.


Military Academy at West Point, N. His Swiss patriotism was indeed strong, and he withdrew from the Allied Army in when he found that he could not prevent the Allies’ violation of Swiss neutrality. All his writing has these elements present.

Jomini and his Summary of the art of war; a condensed version edited, and with an introduction

I burned then my first work, and re-commenced, with the project of giving the sequel of the seven years war which Lloyd had not finished. At the same time appeared also in Germany, under modest title of an introduction to the study of the military art, a valuable work by M. Retrieved 12 February The intellectual environment in which Jomini operated had elevated science to the level of religion — his approach was exactly what people wanted to hear: Clausewitz excoriated his prescriptive worldview in his writings, and 2.

Although several of these authors have combatted my chapter on central lines of operations with more subtlety than real success, and others have been, at times, too precise in their calculations, we could not refuse to their writings the testimonials of esteem which they merit, for they all contain more or less excellent views. He returned to Brussels upon the conclusion of peace in I shall, nevertheless, signalize here the first campaigns of the Revolution by Grimoard; those of General Gravert; the memoirs of Suchet and of Saint-Cyr; the fragments of Gourgaud and of Montholon; the great enterprise of victories and conquests under the direction of General Beauvais; the valuable collection of battles of by Colonel Wagner and that of Major Kaussler; the Spanish War by Napier; that of Egypt by Reynier; the campaigns of Suvaroff by Laverne; the partial narratives of Stutterhein and of Labaume.

Finally, there is a third kind, that of critical history, applied to the principles of the art, and more especially designed to develop the relations of events with those principles. Berthier, however, not only erased Jomini’s name from the list but also put him under arrest and censured him in army orders for failing to supply certain staff reports that had been called for.

Some essays have been attempted towards a history of the art, from the ancients down to our time. I could not doubt this truth in reading again, subsequently, the campaigns of Turenne, of Marlborough, of Eugene of Sumjary, and in comparing them with those of Frederick, which Tempelhoff had just published with details so full of interest, although somewhat heavy and by far too much repeated.

Jomini is generally seen as Clausewitz’s most influential competitor as a military theorist. Jomini’s ideas ear a staple at military academies, the United States Military Academy at West Point being a prominent example; his theories were thought to have affected many officers who later served in the American Civil War. John-Allen Price, who wrote the introduction of the restored edition, believes that Jomini is forgotten today as military writer and Clausewitz has summart the greater influence over modern armies since Jomini fought with Ney at the Battle of Ulm and in December of that year, he was offered a commission as a colonel in the French Army.


He succeeded, however, in overcoming the resistance of his enemies and took part in the Congress of Vienna.

It must be observed, in Jomini’s defense, that he had for years held a dormant commission in the Russian army and if he had declined to take part in the invasion of Russia in My first essay was a didactic treatise upon the orders of battle, strategic marches and lines of operations; it was arid from its nature and quite interspersed with historical citations which, grouped by species, had the inconvenience of presenting together, in the same chapter, events often separated by a whole century; Lloyd especially convinced me that the critical and argumentative relation of the whole of a war had the advantage of preserving connection and unity in the recital and in the events, without detriment to the ov of maxims, since a series of ten campaigns is amply sufficient for presenting the application of all the possible maxims pf war.

Great military have always been intuitively able to discern the unchanging patterns of warfare. Grant and William T. I shall be forced to speak a little of myself and my works; I hope I shall be pardoned for it, for it would have been oof to explain what I think of this theory, and the part which I may have had in it, without saying how I have conceived it myself.

If we still await his chef-d’oeuvreit must be owned that some good works have appeared within the last thirty years; in this number we must put the war in Spain of Foy; the summary of military kf of Mathieu H. Jomini’s military writings are frequently analyzed: However, his narrative of the Seven Years War, of which he finished but two campaigns, was more instructive for me, at least than all he had written dogmatically.

In Prussia, General Scharnhorst commenced also to sound those questions with success. At the critical moment of the battle of Eylau, he had exclaimed, “If I were the Russian commander for two hours! But although that author has resolved none of those questions in manner to make of them a connected system, it is necessary to render him the justice to say that he first pointed out the good route.

But the art, confined to the understanding of great captain, existed in no written treatise. Maybe they have a place after the decisive events.