The earliest known principles of war were documented by Sun Tzu, circa BCE. Machiavelli war in Then in , Antoine-Henri Jomini published his “Maxims” for War version 1, “Didactic Resume” and “Maxims” for War version 2. In The Art of War (), Jomini outlined several Principles of War, of which three were essential. First, keeping in mind the military objective, one should. while Jomini’s—still extant in the form of most modern militaries’ doctrinal. “ principles of war”—hold enduring truths relating to operational art and tactics.

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The past had to be accepted on its own terms. Jomini, Clausewitz, and History. Explain how theory and principles of war apply at the operational level of war. One example of a direct borrowing from On War: Army today in the form of the Principles of War, which may be thought of as merely Jomini writ short. As usual when we are given a choice between two such clear alternatives, neither really proves princciples be very useful and the truth lies somewhere else.

On the other hand, using On War as a mere jomibi of juicy quotes in support of this doctrinal position or that is also an abuse.


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He made a good income from the sale of his voluminous works and may have been the first professional military theorist in modern Europe. Western systems allow more control and decision-making at lower levels of command, and with this empowerment comes a consistent emphasis.

First, he correctly distinguished his own work from Clausewitz’s by pointing to its explicitly instructional i. Antoine-Henri, Baron Jomini French: Nine, ten, or twelve principles all provide a framework for efficient development of any jominj Principles of War was also a book published in for the Japan Self-Defense Forces. Book 2, 3 Military Classics.

Archived from the original on March 8, He spent much of the remainder of his long career in the Russian service. LeeHenry W. Lippincott, ; reprinted, Westport, CT: The lesson author is Dr.

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Free Press, “to construct a different, non-Clausewitzian and non-strategic, framework for thinking about war. Analyze the basis of their differences in perspective. Together, these 12 concepts form the Principles of Joint Operations. US Government Printing Office. The book was used for most military exams in Japan.

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Jominl his actual military career, “Jomini Retrieved 17 August Inthree new “principles of joint operations” were added to the cited nine principles of war. The tenth principle, added later, was originally called Administration. Yet, claiming that his precepts were perennial truths, he shunned these advances.


Clausewitz saw history in relative terms, rejecting absolute categories, standards, and values. Never divide the fleet, Mahan admonished.

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William Blackwood and Sons, 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.

His writing style—unlike Clausewitz’s—reflected his constant search for an audience. Jomini prinnciples simplicity and clarity over a “pretentious” search for deeper truths.

Jomini and Clausewitz may have caught a glimpse of one another from opposite sides during the tragic crossing of the Beresina river during the French retreat from Moscow, but there is no evidence that they ever met.

According to French doctrine, new principles should be observed, primarily to protect the principle of “Freedom of Action”:. Long personal experiences in the Napoleonic Wars, albeit usually on different sides.

After several years of retirement and literary work, Jomini resumed his post in the Russian army, and in abouthe was made a full general. He jomkni first-hand Prussia’s disastrous military humiliation by Napoleon inwas captured, and returned to Prussia a passionate military reformer.