Sun Tzu (5.1A) F'09

Sun Tzu (5.1A) F'09 - states Warfare in Spring and Autumn...

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Sun Tzu, The Art of War h ±
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Spring and Autumn Period 722-481 Old way of war: honor, chivalry, “fairness” 638 B.C. Duke of Song waits for enemy to group Aristocrats in chariots Seasonal warfare Divination for time and place of battle
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Warring States Period 403- 221 Iron technology Mass produced weapons Cavalry replaced war chariots Professional armies all year round More soldiers, big battles New weapons: crossbow
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Sun Tzu (Sunzi) ca. 544-496 Contemporary of Confucius Most famous of military specialists (grandson Sun Bin ca. 380-316 is another) Oral teaching, recorded by disciples 13 chapter book, used today around world: Westpoint, business, etc.
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Life (Biography from Records of the Grand Historian by Sima Qian, 91 B.C.) From state of Ch’i (Qi), Shandong Employed by King of Wu, r. 514-496 At war with Yüeh, Ch’u King read Sun Tzu, hired Tested Sun Tzu’s abilities on palace ladies. What happened (supposedly)? Becomes general; Wu defeats other
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Unformatted text preview: states Warfare in Spring and Autumn Period 722-481 B. C. Your ideas of Art of War? Applied Philosophy Rejects appeals to supernatural and divination u Rejects ritual war Art of deception Must win by whatever means; dont fight if cant win War tragic, try to avoid, but sometimes necessary The Orthodox (zheng u ) vs. the Extraordinary (qi u ) Disc Ques. 1. In what ways does Sun Tzu's Art of War reflect the conditions at the time he lived and in what ways does it have value for us today? 2. What are some basic principles of war, as seen in the selections from the Art of War ? 3. In what ways has the U.S. followed or not followed Sun Tzu's principles in conflicts of the past (e.g. Vietnam, Gulf War)? In what ways is it following them now in the war in Iraq or the war on terrorism? In what ways can the insurgents in Iraq or terrorists around the world be said to be following these principles?...
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Sun Tzu (5.1A) F'09 - states Warfare in Spring and Autumn...

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