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The Tao of Deception: A History of Unorthodox Warfare in China
     

The Tao of Deception: A History of Unorthodox Warfare in China

by Ralph D. Sawyer
 

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ISBN-10: 0465072054

ISBN-13: 9780465072057

Pub. Date: 01/23/2007

Publisher: Basic Books


The history of China is a history of warfare. Wars have caused dynasties to collapse, fractured the thin façade of national unity, and brought decades of alien occupation. But throughout Chinese history, its warfare has been guided by principles different from those that governed Europe. Chinese strategists followed the concept, first articulated by Sun-tzu

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The history of China is a history of warfare. Wars have caused dynasties to collapse, fractured the thin façade of national unity, and brought decades of alien occupation. But throughout Chinese history, its warfare has been guided by principles different from those that governed Europe. Chinese strategists followed the concept, first articulated by Sun-tzu in The Art of War, of qi (ch'i), or unorthodox, warfare. The concept of qi involves creating tactical imbalances in order to achieve victory against even vastly superior forces. Ralph D. Sawyer, translator of The Art of War and one of America's preeminent experts on Chinese military tactics, here offers a comprehensive guide to the ancient practice of unorthodox warfare. He describes, among many other tactics, how Chinese generals have used false rumors to exploit opposing generals' distrust of their subordinates; dressed thousands of women as soldiers to create the illusion of an elite attack force; and sent word of a false surrender to lure enemy troops away from a vital escape route. The Tao of Deception is the book that military tacticians and military historians will turn to as the definitive guide to a new, yet ancient, way of thinking about strategy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465072057
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
01/23/2007
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
939,158
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
A Note on Pronunciation     xiii
Dynastic Chronology     xv
Historical Experience and Formulations
Incipient Beginnings     3
Spring and Autumn Precursors     17
Sun-tzu's Definitive Formulation     55
Warring States Commanders     69
Warring States Explications     83
Han Dynasty Realizations     97
Three Kingdoms     135
Northern and Southern Dynasties Exemplars     163
Sui and T'ang Conflicts     189
Theory in the Three Kingdoms and Early T'ang     213
Sung Dynasty Theoretical Developments     253
The Ming and Beyond     297
Modern Theories and Implications
Traditional Wisdom Revitalized     323
Modern Embodiments and Implications     375
Notes     403
Selected Bibliographies     451
Selected Index     477
Also by Ralph D. Sawyer     487

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