Background Key Concepts of Jomini to Continental Strategy Jomini’s Ideas and their Validation on the Nature of Warfare Contributions in Advancing Strategic. interpreting his contributions to strategy and the art of war: Antoine Henri Jomini ( ) and Carl von Clausewitz (%. ). The purpose of this. Baron Antoine Reuri Jomini is generally recognized as the dominant military strategist tactics and strategy, particularly that of the South, and the inevitable.

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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 produced incontestable results. 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: In his maturity, Jomini grew wary of the revolutionary passions that had originally inspired him to take up the sword himself.

Jomini and Clausewitz–Their Interaction

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Second, and in common strafegy a number of Clausewitz’s later detractors, he found the Prussian’s approach intellectually arrogant, overly metaphysical, and simply too damned difficult to digest.

As a Swiss patriot and as a French officer, he declined to take part in the passage of the Rhine at Basel and the subsequent invasion of France. 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.


The past had to be accepted srategy its own terms. There is nothing perfect under the sun!!! He dealt at length with a number of practical subjects logistics, seapower that Clausewitz had largely ignored.

Instead, I want to focus on the sources of our modern-day confusion: In Prussia, General Scharnhorst commenced also to sound those questions with success. Unfortunately, the latter translation omits this revealing essay on the state of military theory as Jomini perceived it around Colonel Jomini was right in this These points are most easily found in the bibliographical essay which opened the original French edition of the Summary” Notice: The works of Clausewitz have been incontestably useful, although it strtaegy often less by the jojini of the author, than by the contrary ideas to which he gives birth.

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Harsh, “Battlesword and Rapier: On the other hand, using On War as a mere stockpile of juicy quotes srtategy support of this doctrinal position or that is also an abuse. Rogers, 4 Marchin Alfred Thayer Mahan, eds. Napoleon’s victories at Maren go, Ulmand Jena illustrated this turning movement. Jomini bibliographical info – Jomini graphics.

Antoine Henri Jomini

Strateggy later work, Summary of the Art of War Precis de l’Art de la Guerre, became, in various translations, popularizations, and commentaries, the premier military-educational text of the mid-nineteenth century.

Jomini and his Summary of the Art of War: One of his last essays dealt with the Austro-Prussian War of and the influence of the breech-loading rifle. The first of these two sentences is a bitter joke.

I pray that my readers, well penetrated with these truths, may receive with kindness this new summary, which may now, I believe, be offered as the book most suitable for the instruction of a prince or statesman. As a junior staff officer, he worked closely with the great Prussian military reformers Gerhard von Scharnhorst who was his mentor and August von Gneisenau who became his friend and protector. Air Command and Staff College, April Jomini’s writings, which constitute over 25 translated works, continued to influence military leaders in both Europe and North America for much of the nineteenth century.


However, he was shortly thereafter arrested for sloppy staff stratehy. Craighill, Lippincott,reprinted, Greenwood Press, The Duke of Wellington considered him a pompous charlatan. Gatzke, Principles of War49 p39 in Cochenhausen, Grundsatze. The Summary is full of references to “politique”—the same term as Clausewitz’s Politik.

And, one might add, at minimizing Clausewitz’s, for he clearly perceived the Prussian writer as his chief competitor. Antoine-Henri, Baron Jomini French: 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. I profited of this occasion to defend the principles of my chapter on lines of operations, which several writers had badly comprehended, and this polemic brought about at least more rational definitions, at the same time maintaining the real advantages of central operations.