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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Legacy Books has brought to light the version, which included the Letter to the Emperor of Russia, the advertisement and the notice of the Present Theory of War and of its Utility. At the same epoch when Clausewitz seemed thus to apply himself to sapping the basis of the science, a work of a totally opposite nature appeared in France, that of the Marquis de Ternay, a French emigre in the service of England.

And, one might add, at minimizing Clausewitz’s, for he clearly perceived the Prussian writer as his chief competitor. There is nothing perfect under the sun!!! Finally even Mirabeau who, having returned from Berlin, published an enormous volume upon the Prussian tactics, an arid repetition of the regulation for platoon and line evolutions to which some had the simplicity to attribute the greater part of the successes of Frederick!

Turpin commented on Montecuculi and Vegetius; the Marquis de Silva in Piedmont, Santa Cruz in Spain, had also discussed some parts with success; finally d’Escremeville sketched a history of the art, which was not devoid of merit.

Book review: The Art of War

The summarized version of The Art of War was first published inand an updated edition innot long after Marie jomkni Clausewitz published the tenth and last volume of her husband’s writing.

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.

Tranchant Laverne has done so with spirit and sagacity, but incompletely. Under these circumstances, I was assured by my own experience, that there was wanting, to my first treatise, a collection of maxims like that ghe preceded the work of the Arch Duke; which induced me to publish, inthe first sketch of this analytical compendium, adding to it two interesting articles upon the military policy of States. As one writer rather partial to Carl von ClausewitzJomini’s great competitor in the field of military theory, put it:.

This book is without contradiction, the most complete that exists on sum,ary tactics of battles, and if it falls sometimes into an excess contrary to that of the Prussian general, by prescribing, in doctrines details of execution often impracticable in war, he cannot be denied a truly remarkable merit, and one of the first grades among tacticians.

Jomini was born in Payerne in the canton of JomiinSwitzerlandon 6 Marchwhere [1] his father served as mayor. His operational prescription was fundamentally simple: Although dummary 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.


Neither Clausewitz not Jomini were su,mary many responsibilities by the Russians, but they were both in a position to observe key battles.

Summary of the Art of War

Guibert, in an excellent chapter upon marches, touches upon strategy, but he did not realize what this chapter promised. Jomini was no fool, however. The summary of the art of war, which I submit to the public, was written originally for the instruction of an august prince, and in view of the numerous additions which I have just made to it, I flatter myself that it will be worthy of its destination. It will be objected perhaps that, in the greater part of the articles of this summary, I myself acknowledge that there are few absolute rules to give on the divers subjects of which they treat; I agree in good faith thhe this truth, but is that saying there is no theory?

The best-known translation, by Captain G. A close reading of this essay will reveal both overt sneers at Clausewitz and many wxr to the arguments Clausewitz made in On War. In a journal with which, unfortunately, I was not acquainted until six years after its publication, the tbe has believed it his duty to attack me and my works, because I had said, on the faith of an illustrious general, that the Prussians had reproached him with having copied, in his last pamphlet, the unpublished instructions of the government adt its generals of cavalry.

Scharnhorst did as much in Hanover; Warnery published in Prussia a pretty good work on the cavalry; Jomin Holzendorf another on the tactics of manoeuvres.

He was busily employed up to the end of his life in writing treatises, pamphlets and open letters on subjects of military art and history. While in Russian service, Jomini tried hard to promote a more scientific approach at the general staff academy he helped to found. Jokini sees this as a much less linear relationship. Jomini was thus engaged when the retreat from Moscow and the uprising of Prussia transferred the seat of tye to central Germany.

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.

This mode suited me all the better, as I was but twenty-four years old and had but little experience, whilst I was about to attack many prejudices and great reputations somewhat usurped, so that there was necessary to me the powerful support of the events which I should allow to speak, as it were, for themselves. If, out of sumnary articles, some have ten positive maxims, others one or two only, are not or rules sufficient to form a respectable body of strategic or tactical jkmini Jomini served in the campaign, serving on Ney’s staff.

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 summarj personalities.

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Among other things, combats may be mentioned as often being quite independent of scientific combinations, and they may become atr dramatic, personal qualities and inspirations and a thousand other things frequently being the controlling elements.


Halleck first earned his reputation translating Jomini’s Vie politique et militaire de Napoleonthen as a military strategist and finally as chief of staff of the Union Army.

Jomini, while agreeing with Clausewitz that during the campaign in Russia Napoleon did everything he could to protect his rear and his flanks, disagrees with Clausewitz’s conclusion that Russia was an impossible country for an army to conquer, attributing the campaign’s failure simply to the magnitude of wra preparation. Unfortunately, the latter translation omits this revealing essay on the state of military theory as Jomini perceived it around jomni Perhaps I may be permitted also to claim a small part in this result in favor of my long critical and military history of the wars of the Revolution, and of the other historical works which I have published, for, written especially to prove the permanent triumph of the application of principles, those works have never failed to bring all the facts to this dominant point of view, and in this respect at least, they have had some success; I invoke in support of this assertion, the spicy critical analysis of the war of the Spanish Succession, given by Captain Dumesnil.

And if to those you add the multitude of precepts which suffer more or less exceptions, will you not have more dogmas than necessary for fixing your opinions upon all the operations of war?

Several political historians, like Ancillon, Segur the elder, Karamsin, Guichardin, Archenholz, Schiller Daru, Michaud and Salvandy have recounted also with talent many operations of war, but they cannot be counted in the number of military writers.

Henceforth good books will not be wanting to those who shall wish to study, for at this day we have principles, whereas, they had in the 18th century only methods and systems.

Let us return to our subject. Strategy, particularly, may indeed be regulated by fixed laws resembling those of the positive sciences, but this is not true of war viewed as a whole.

From Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age. The Prussian Major Ciriaci and his continuator have done still better. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Inhe was with Tsar Alexander in Paris, and attempted in vain to save the life of his old commander Ney. The remaining notes are from the original.

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In the third rank we shall place the histories of Toulongeon and of Servan. FeuquiPres and Lloyd had indicated the road without having had many imitators until the Revolution. Germany produced, in this interval between the Seven Years War and that of the Revolution, a multitude of writings, more or less extensive, on different summaary branches of the art, which they illumined with a faint light.

Therefore, until the imperfect sketch of the Seven Years War which Lloyd has given, none of the military writers had come out of the beaten track of official narratives or of panegyrics more or less fatiguing.

Jomini’s book analyzes step by step the methods and the ways of war.