This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...(vol. i. xxiv). Here was a picture to stimulate the intelligence, the imagination and the ambition of a young officer. The precepts of Bourcet and the historical examples which he gives of their application constitute together a full initiation into the art of war as it was known to the best minds of the eighteenth century. They may be regarded as its classical exposition. An officer imbued with this body of doctrine would have the best intellectual outfit for the conduct of a war and for the direction of an army with which the eighteenth century could supply him. The experience of Broglie showed that the intellectual qualification of the general would not suffice for success. It required to be supplemented by a disciplined army and by a determined Government. Thus by the ist August, 1791, when the tactical discussions in the French army had crystallized into definite regulations for the drill and instruction of the infantry, all the conditions existed for the intellectual training of the new general for. whom Guibertjwas looking. There was a classical theory of war, there was a new spirit consciously striving to raise generalship to a higher power. TJie_infantry_Jiad discovered the forms of evolution best suited forjthe weapon with which it was armed, for flexibility and mobility of manoeuvre. The cavalry officers had reached a true and clear conception of the mission of their arm. The artillery, alongwith its newguns, had acquired a new view of its powers. Here were ready all the materials which a fresh and vigorous mind, inspired by the will to master them, could not but combine into a new system. But before that could happen there must be, as Guibert had foreseen, a new Government and a new army. The origin of the new Government it is...
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