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Art Of The Warrior: Leadership And Strategy From The Chinese Military Classics

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From antiquity, the history of China has been marked by invading tribes, warring states, and popular uprisings. This heritage of conflict produced a body of martial literature exploring the fundamental principles of warfare and their methods of employment. Fully aware of the tragic consequences of battle, the authors of these texts emphasized that bloodshed and war should be avoided whenever possible. But, they argued, this is possible only when the principles of leadership and strategy have been mastered and the...

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From antiquity, the history of China has been marked by invading tribes, warring states, and popular uprisings. This heritage of conflict produced a body of martial literature exploring the fundamental principles of warfare and their methods of employment. Fully aware of the tragic consequences of battle, the authors of these texts emphasized that bloodshed and war should be avoided whenever possible. But, they argued, this is possible only when the principles of leadership and strategy have been mastered and the dynamics of conflict thoroughly analyzed. Over the centuries, these texts have been studied throughout Asia, not only by generals on the battlefield but by leaders of all kinds concerned with the management of human conflict in all its forms. The Art of the Warrior presents eight of these classics (written from 500 BCE to 700 CE), including Sun-tzu's Art of War and Sun Pin's Military Methods. Selections from these writings have been arranged thematically by the translator to give the reader a comprehensive introduction to the Eastern way of strategy.

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In the enormous sweep of Chinese history, war and the wisdom of war have figured prominently in the development of Chinese philosophy. The redaction of military strategic secrets from their oral tradition into written form repeatedly provoked considerable repression of these texts and on occasion brought death to those who owned such volumes. The small portion of this military lore that has survived has been tremendously influential in Asia throughout the centuries and has become increasingly influential in contemporary Western culture. Sawyer's compendium brings together wisdom in chapters titled, "The Seven Military Classics," "Military Methods" and "Six Secret Teachings." In addition, his introduction contains an important discussion that places these texts in their appropriate cultural and historical context. This important book is an introduction to some of the most profound insights into the human condition and into the nature of power. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570621635
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1996
  • Series: Shambhala Dragon Editions Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Chronology of Approximate Dynastic Periods
Introduction 1
1 The Nature of Warfare 73
2 The Tao of Rulership 79
3 The People 83
4 Tactical and Strategic Planning 88
5 Preparations 91
6 The History of Warfare 94
7 The Tao of Warfare 101
8 Doubt and Timeliness 114
9 Military and Political Intelligence 118
10 Economics and Logistics 123
11 Rulership 129
12 Power and Authority 134
13 Command and Control 136
14 Unity 148
15 Generals and Generalship 150
16 Military Organization, Administration, and Discipline 162
17 Evaluating People 165
18 Employing People 169
19 Motivating Warriors 170
20 Psychology of Warfare 175
21 Rewards and Punishments 181
22 Instruction and Training 188
23 Measure and Constraint 193
24 Component Forces 196
25 Strategic Power 202
26 The Unorthodox 206
27 Manipulating the Enemy 214
28 Deception and Deceit 219
29 Fundamental Tactical Principles 221
30 Evaluating the Enemy 225
31 Psychological Warfare 231
32 Attack and Defense 237
33 Defense and Fortifications 244
34 Relative Strength and Appropriate Tactics 247
35 Deployments, Formations, and Their Employment 257
36 Basic Principles of Terrain 267
37 Specific Configurations of Terrain 269
38 Tactical Principles for Specific Situations 285
39 Invasion Measures 292
40 Urban Warfare, Sieges, and Assaults 295
41 Incendiary Warfare 302
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