Deciphering Sun Tzu: How to Read The Art of War by Derek C. Yuen

By Derek C. Yuen

As the People's Republic's possible inexorable upward push to fiscal and armed forces strength maintains, by no means has the necessity for a greater clutch of chinese language strategic inspiration by way of the West been extra acute. In interpreting solar Tzu, Derek Yuen seeks to reclaim for the reader the hidden contours and misplaced chinese language and Taoist contexts of solar Tzu's popular treatise The paintings of battle, a literary vintage and arguably probably the most influential books ever written. He additionally explains its historic, philosophical, strategic, and cross-cultural significance.

His finished research of solar Tzu, according to a detailed examining of the chinese language resources, additionally reconstructs the philosophy, Taoist method and worldview that successfully shape the cornerstones of chinese language strategic considering, that are arguably as correct this day as at any second in history.

Yuen's cutting edge studying and research of sunlight Tzu inside of and from a chinese language context is a brand new method of coming near near the strategic master's major suggestions, which he compares with these of Clausewitz, Liddell-Hart and different Western strategists.

Deciphering sunlight Tzu deals illuminating research and contextualization of The artwork of warfare in a fashion that has lengthy been sought by way of Western readers and opens new technique of attending to grips with chinese language strategic thought.

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At the same time, the wide-ranging economic activities taking place in Qi were likely to have provided Sun Tzu with a more realistic sense of the material and economic dimensions of war. e.

After defining quan mou, Jen Hung lists all the books he knows on the subject. As the School of Strategy essentially incorporates the other three schools, most of the important works of Chinese strategy, such as those of Sun Tzu, Sun Bin, and Wu Tzu, belong to this school. 2. The School of Operations and Tactics (hsing and shih 形勢) Jen Hung describes the School of Operations and Tactics (Sawyer’s “disposition and strategic power”) as follows: The school of hsing and shih stresses moving like the wind and thunder, setting out after your enemies but arriving before them, understanding the art of dividing and combining as well as the way of fighting in friendly and enemy territories, changing and transforming with no constant form, and subduing the enemies with speed and mobility.

41 â•… The essence of the unorthodox and orthodox does not lie in seeking the unorthodox out of the orthodox. Rather, it is in reaching a realm where “there are none that are not orthodox, none that are not unorthodox, so they cause the enemy never to be able to fathom them. ”42 This is what is meant by “being formless,” and such logic can best be demonstrated by yin and yang. Hence the level of Heaven and Earth is about the attainment of formlessness or “oneness” through fully grasping the logic of yin and yang.

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