Who was Sun Tzu’s Napoleon?


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We know that Thucydides was not only the chronicler, but a general in the
Peloponnesian War, Julius Caesar the architect of the Gallic War, and
Machiavelli an active participant in Florentine diplomatic and martial
affairs. Maurice de Saxe waded through the bloody fields of Malplaquet and
Fontenoy, while both Jomini and Clausewitz kept their own formative
experiences fighting in the Napoleonic Wars firmly in mind as they composed
their respective theoretical works. But what mot...
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12 days ago by xer0x
In the West, though, we tend to imagine The Art of War springing Athena-like from the head of a singularly prescient martial prodigy. Western theorists who treat Sun Tzu as hagiography, such as B.H. Liddell Hart and John Boyd, laud the work not from the vantage point of hermeneutical analysis, but from a flawed assumption that its ambiguously translated verses almost certainly conform to—and therefore validate—their own theoretical preferences.[29] We need to stop untethering the text from the historical and cultural milieu of its origination. The Art of War’s brevity and malleability will ensure it remains a popular and frequently quoted classic in the West. But for those seeking deeper insight into the evolution of Chinese strategic thinking, it remains an important but insufficient means to that end. Sun Tzu’s compact thirteen chapters are merely the start of the journey.
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13 days ago by gsanders
We know that Thucydides was not only the chronicler, but a general in the
Peloponnesian War, Julius Caesar the architect of the Gallic War, and
Machiavelli an active participant in Florentine diplomatic and martial
affairs. Maurice de Saxe waded through the bloody fields of Malplaquet and
Fontenoy, while both Jomini and Clausewitz kept their own formative
experiences fighting in the Napoleonic Wars firmly in mind as they composed
their respective theoretical works. But what motivated Sun Tzu (or its
anonymous authors) to compose The Art of War? What were its historical
precedents?
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13 days ago by jbkcc