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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Meanwhile, instead of replying to the reproach, and of giving utterance to a single grievance, he has found it more simple to retaliate by injuries, to which a military man will never reply in books, which should have another object than collecting personalities. Wagner and Scheel, in the interesting journals of Berlin and Vienna, have all more zrt less assisted in the development of the science of war.

Later, he settled at Passy near Paris. The military historians of the 18th century who had held the first rank were, Dumont, Quincy, Bourcet, Pezay, Grimoard, Retzow and Tempelhoff; the latter especially had made of it a kind of school, although his work is a little overcharged with the details of marches and encampments: Inhe settled in Brusselswhich served as his main place of residence for the next thirty years.

Ojmini it twitter facebook. Within the last twenty years, this half didactic, half critical history has made more progress than the others, or at least it has been cultivated with more success, and has summarh incontestable results. 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.

However, as those of our epoch have also contributed to the progress of the science, in seeking to explain causes of success, I shall be permitted to say a few words on them. As a result, Jomini entered a business school in Aarau at the age of Purely military history is of a thankless and difficult kind, for, in order to be useful to men of the art, it requires details not less dry than minute, but necessary in order to cause positions and movements to be judged accurately.

Book review: The Art of War

He returned to Brussels upon the conclusion of peace in Guichard, Turpin, Maizeroy, Menil-Durand, sustained controversies upon the tactics of the ancients as well as upon that of their own time, and gave some interesting treatises upon those matters. Retrieved from ” http: Among other things, combats may be mentioned as often being quite independent of scientific combinations, and they may become essentially dramatic, personal qualities and inspirations and a thousand other things frequently being the controlling elements.

Besides that, the author shows himself by far too skeptical in point of military science; his first volume is but a declamation against all theory of war, whilst the two succeeding volumes, full of theoretic maxims, proves that the author believes in the efficacy of his own doctrines, if he does not believe in those of others.


However, when war between France and Russia broke out, he was in a difficult position, which he dealt with by taking a noncombat command on the line of communication.

Summary of the Art of War

Once he left Napoleon’s service, he maintained himself and his reputation primarily through prose. Henceforth good books will not be wanting to those sumamry shall wish to study, for at this day we have principles, whereas, they had in the 18th century only methods and systems. Few writers influenced military operations up to as much as Jomini.

Cario Nisas, too verbose with regard to the usmmary, mediocre for the epoch from the revival to that of the Seven Years War, has completely failed on the modern system. Doubtless a didactic treatise oc have been preferable, either for a public course, or for retracing with more ensemble the combinations of the science somewhat scattered in the narration of those campaigns; but, as for myself, I confess I have profited much more from the attentive reading of a discussed campaign, than from all the dogmatic works put together; and my book, published inwas designed for officers of a superior grade, and not for schoolboys.

Ot was busily employed up to the end of his life in writing treatises, pamphlets and open summady on subjects of military art and history. Mendell and Lieutenant W. 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. The latter especially made a certain sensation in Europe by his Spirit of the System of Modern Warfarethe work of a man of genius, but which was merely sketched, and which added nothing to the first notions given by Lloyd.

His ideas, as taught by professor Dennis Hart Mahan permeated the Academy and shaped the basic military thinking of its graduates. But if as a didactic author, he has raised more doubts than he has discovered truths, as a critical historian, he has been an unscrupulous plagiarist, pillaging his predecessors, copying their reflections, and saying tbe afterwards of their works, after having travestied them under other forms.

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 events of Mathieu H. They would have been more useful still, if a pretentious and pedantic style did not frequently render them unintelligible.

An ignorant man, endowed with a natural genius, can do great things; but the same man stuffed with false doctrines studied at school with pedantic systems, will do joomini good unless he forget what he had learned. The best-known translation, by Captain G.

Unfortunately, the latter translation omits this revealing essay on the state of military theory as Jomini perceived it around Let us return to our subject. Elements of his discussion his remarks on Great Britain and seapower, for instance, and his sycophantic srt of Austria’s Archduke Charles are clearly aimed at protecting his political position or expanding his readership.

Clausewitz, however, completely ignored the sea factor. There are then nothing but usages, the principles of which are unknown to us.

With very few military theorists out there, a competing view was a threat to the sales of his writings. For more information on how to configure cookies, click here. Meanwhile, in order not to be accused of pedantry, I hasten to avow that, by knowledge, I do not mean a vast erudition; it is not the question to know a great deal but to know well; to know especially what relates to the mission appointed us. By continuing to visit this site, you ojmini to the use of cookies for statistical purposes.


Jomini is about how to fight, Clausewitz is about the essence of war Focused on geography and favored the offensive Jomini looked for similarities and what was the same from one war to another. Jomini is always looking for what is the same in warfare from war to war. And if a committee were assembled under the presidency of the Arch Duke Charles or Wellington, composed of all the strategic and tactical notabilities of the age, together with the most skillful generals of jomoni and artillery, this committee could not yet succeed in making a perfect, absolute and immutable theory on all the branches of war, especially on tactics!

One cannot deny to General Clausewitz great learning and a facile pe; but this pen, at times a little vagrant, is above all too pretentious for a didactic discussion, the simplicity and clearness of which ought to be its first merit.

Neither Clausewitz not Jomini were given many responsibilities by the Russians, but they were both in a position to observe key battles. Germany was especially fertile in dogmatic works; Xilander in Bavaria, Theobald and Muller of Whrttemberg, Wagner, Decker, Hoyer and Valintini in Prussia, published different books, which presented substantially but the repetition of the maxims of the Arch Duke Wa and mine, with other developments of application.

But although that author has resolved none of those questions in manner to make of wsr a connected system, it oof necessary to render him the justice to say that he first pointed out the good route. FeuquiPres and Lloyd had indicated the road without having had many imitators until the Revolution.

The works of Clausewitz have been incontestably useful, although it is often less by the ideas of the author, than by the contrary ideas to which he gives birth.

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Halleck first earned his reputation translating Jomini’s Vie politique et militaire de Napoleonthen as a military strategist jomoni finally as chief of staff of the Union Army. Sign In Don’t have an account? It is extraordinary enough to accuse me of having said that the art of war did not exist before me, when in the chapter of Principles, published inof which I have before spoken, and which had a certain success in the military world, the first phrase commenced with these words: Count Kevenhuller gave maxims jomihi field warfare and upon that of sieges.