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Jomini, Antoine-Henri

Baron Antoine-Henri de Jomini (1779–1869) was a Swiss-born French and Russian officer who was considered one of the foremost students of Napoleonic warfare and an authority on military strategy. This entry discusses the life of Jomini and looks at his writings and principles for warfare.

Born in the town of Payerne, in the Vaud canton, on March 6, 1779, Jomini’s formative years were influenced by his prominent family. His father, Benjamin, served as a mayor and, later, on the Grand Council of the Helvetian Republic. Early in life, Jomini was encouraged by his family to pursue a career in business, having been enrolled in a private school at the age of 14 for that purpose. Within a few years, he was working at a banking ...

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