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Military thought was never a popular subject in ancient China--partly because of Confucianism's distaste for the soldier's craft, partly because of the enduring concern of central governments with maintaining a monopoly on effective violence. Nevertheless, between 500 BCE and 700 ACE a number of significant treatises on warfare emerged, the most familiar being Sun Tzu's Art of War ; the others have remained obscure even to specialists. Sawyer's brilliantly edited translation makes the entire body of work generally available in English. These writings reinforce the traditional image of a Chinese way of war emphasizing speed and cunning rather than brute force. They also establish the military's importance in governing China: the virtuous ruler demonstrated his virtue by succeeding in war, which depended on understanding war's nature. Recommended for all public and private collections of military history.
- D.E. Showalter, U.S. Air Force Acad., Colorado Springs
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Chinese --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Great, but you must order "The art of War" for the complete book....Published 20 days ago by Paul F Gillis
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This book was delivered in perfect condition. The text is clean and well organized. The book gives a detailed introduction to each of the seven books included. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Alex Carrier
1. Includes Sun Tzu's Art of War, as lucid as ever.
2. Angles on subterfuge, camouflage, etc.
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