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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 one’s 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 Tzu’s 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.It’s 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 Japan’s Yamamoto, China’s Mao Tse-tung, and Vietnam’s 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 world’s military literature and is essential reading for anyone interested in China’s rich cultural heritage or in the timeless principles of successful strategy.

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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
Roland Green
This stout volume assembles seven of the most important traditional Chinese studies of military science. Although all are said to be well known and influential in Asia, only Sun-tzu's "Art of War" has received much attention from Western readers to date. Translator Sawyer has attempted to remedy this situation not only by providing new renditions of the seven but also by adding a scholarly apparatus sufficient to make some of the fragmentary works intelligible and the book as a whole more valuable. Although the audience for this volume will probably be serious students of Asian culture and military science, for them it is of such high value that collections that serve them should seriously consider it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813312286
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/1993
  • Series: History and Warfare Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 592
  • Lexile: 1270L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph D. Sawyer, one of America’s 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.

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Table of Contents

Preface
A Note on the Translation and Pronunciation
Chronology of Approximate Dynastic Periods
General Introduction and Historical Background of the Classics 1
1 T'ai Kung's Six Secret Teachings 19
2 The Methods of the Ssu-ma 107
3 Sun-tzu's Art of War 145
4 Wu-tzu 187
5 Wei Liao-tzu 225
6 Three Strategics of Huang Shih-kung 277
7 Questions and Replies Between T'ang T'ai-tsung and Li Wei-kung 307
App A: The Chariot 363
App B: The Horse and Cavalry 367
App C: Armor and Shields 369
App D: The Sword 371
App E: Military Organization 373
Notes to the General Introduction 377
T'ai Kung's Six Secret Teachings 389
The Methods of the Ssu-ma 410
Sun-tzu's Art of War 420
Wu-tzu 453
Wei Liao-tzu 460
Three Strategies of Huanig Shih-kung 482
Questions and Replies Between T'ang T'ai-tsung and Li Wei-kung 487
Notes to the Appendixes 508
Selected Bibliography 513
Glossary of Selected Terms with Chinese Characters 533
Index of Strategic and Tactical Principles 545
General Index 549
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