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Sunzi – The Art of War 9/23/05 1. Overview a. Military treatise for the commander – not a manual for the soldier b. Greatly influenced with three things i. Legalism 1. Pragmatic, amoral concerns 2. Results, results, results ii. Earlier Military Works 1. No longer exists 2. However, Sunzi does reference does these books iii. (Daoism) Taoism 1. Mystical foundation – getting beyond rational discourse 2. Try to find spiritual harmony with the way of the universe 3. Implications of Daoist process to the commander objective victory in the world 4. 2. Values Expounded in the Book a. Value of preparation and intelligence i. Need to know specifics of the enemy (where are they, what is their current state of affairs) ii. Need to tell the enemy bad information (“expendable spies”) b. Going to war with minimal cost i. Need to reduce cost through minimal damage to yourself ii. Minimal damage to enemy in order to absorb the enemy
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Unformatted text preview: iii. Need to be quick anti-sieges c. Timing i. Emphasis on attacking when the time is right d. Strategic advantage i. Leaders need to assess the situation and act accordingly ii. Normal vs. Extraordinary Forces (Or: Conventional vs. Unconventional) 1. Distinction between how units are used 2. “Normal” Tactics: Things that you expect would happen such as a strong center 3. “Extraordinary” Tactics: Things that run counter to convention surprise 4. (See link to Taoist Tradition) e. Deception i. Show your enemy the opposite of whatever is the current situation ii. (See link to Taoist Tradition) f. Treatment of Captives 3. Growth a. One of the best read books in Asia b. Remains bedrock wisdom for all Chinese commanders c. Legalist perspective allows Ch’in (Qin) 221 BC to win and create a Chinese empire...
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