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The Seven Military Classics of Ancient China = (History & Warfare)

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The Seven Military Classics is one of the most profound studies of warfare ever written. It presents us with an Eastern tradition of strategic thought that emphasizes outwitting ones opponent through speed, stealth, flexibility, and a minimum of force—an approach very different from that stressed in the West, where the advantages of brute strength have overshadowed more subtle methods.Safeguarded for centuries by the ruling elites of imperial China, even in modern times these writings have been known only to a handful of Western specialists. In this volume are seven separate essays, written between 500 b.c. and a.d. 700, that preserve the essential tenets of strategy distilled from the experience of the most brilliant warriors of ancient China.Only one of these seven essays, Sun Tzus famous Art of War, has been readily available in the West. Thanks to this faithful translation of the complete Seven Military Classics, the insights of these ancient Chinese texts are now accessible in their entirety.Its not uncommon to see a “salaryman” on a crowded Tokyo subway studying one of the many popular Japanese editions of these essays. But why do so many businesspeople in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan study a 2,000-year-old military text? Because it embodies the strategic tradition of outwitting an opponent through speed, stealth, flexibility, and a minimum of effort. These principles have been proven both on the battlefield and in the marketplace. Now they are available in the West for the first time in their entirety.The lessons found in this book were exploited by such pivotal Asian war leaders as Japans Yamamoto, Chinas Mao Tse-tung, and Vietnams Giap to inflict terrible defeats on their enemies. And in more recent times, when Japan and others have decided to win their laurels on the field of international economic competition, these principles have been a key to the achievements of many Asian corporations. Executives in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan regularly study the Seven Military Classics. Unfortunately, even those far-sighted Western business leaders who have read Sun Tzu have glimpsed only a fraction of the knowledge their best Asian competitors use to plan corporate strategy—until now.Those who appreciate Chinese literature and philosophy will also discover much that is new in these pages. Here is a substantial but previously inaccessible body of thought that stands in contrast to Confucianism, which deprecated the military sphere in favor of self-cultivation and the ethical life.The Seven Military Classics of Ancient China remedies a serious gap in Western knowledge of Asian thought. This accurate translation is based on the best available classical Chinese manuscripts, some only recently discovered by archaeologists. It is a uniquely important contribution to the worlds military literature and is essential reading for anyone interested in Chinas rich cultural heritage or in the timeless principles of successful strategy.

Synopsis:

The Seven Military Classics is one of the most profound studies of warfare ever written. Here translated in their entirety for the first time, the seven separate essays in this volume (written between 500 b.c. and a.d. 700) include Sun Tzus famous Art of War. This is the definitive English-language edition of a unique contribution to military literature and essential reading for anyone interested in the rich cultural heritage of China.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 513-532) and indexes.

About the Author

Ralph D. Sawyer, one of Americas leading scholars in Chinese warfare, has worked extensively with major intelligence and defense agencies. After studying at MIT and Harvard and a brief stint of university teaching, Sawyer has spent the past thirty years lecturing and doing international consulting work focused on China.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813312286
Translator:
Sawyer, Ralph D.
Other:
Sawyer, Mei-Chun
Translator:
Sawyer, Ralph D.
Author:
Sawyer, Ralph D.
Publisher:
Basic Books
Location:
Boulder :
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Military Science
Subject:
History, military
Subject:
China
Subject:
Military art and science
Subject:
Military art and science -- China -- Early works to 1800.
Subject:
Military - Strategy
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Military - Other
Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Series:
History & Warfare
Series Volume:
5
Publication Date:
20071106
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English.
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 33.50 oz
Age Level:
from 18

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The Seven Military Classics is one of the most profound studies of warfare ever written. Here translated in their entirety for the first time, the seven separate essays in this volume (written between 500 b.c. and a.d. 700) include Sun Tzus famous Art of War. This is the definitive English-language edition of a unique contribution to military literature and essential reading for anyone interested in the rich cultural heritage of China.
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