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Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare

Mark R. McNeilly

Published in print January 2015 | ISBN: 9780199957859
Published online February 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190252717 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199957859.001.0001
Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare

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Long acknowledged as a classic text on strategy, Sun Tzu’s The Art of War has been admired by leaders as diverse as Mao Zedong and General Norman Schwartzkopf. However, having been written two thousand years ago, the book can be somewhat daunting to the modern reader. This book has extracted the six concepts most applicable to modern warfare, making them easy to understand and to apply to military situations. Drawing on a wealth of fascinating historical examples, the book shows how these six principles might be used in wars of the future—both conventional wars and terrorist conflicts—and how they can provide insight into current affairs, such as the war on terrorism and China’s increasingly important strategic and military role in the world. This updated edition reflects on all that has happened in the past ten years, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the challenge of Iran, the “Arab Spring,” and the continued rise of China. Each chapter includes brand new examples to explain important concepts in The Art of War.

Keywords: Sun Tzu; The Art of War; Mao Zedong; General Norman Schwartzkopf; wars; terrorist conflicts; war on terrorism; Iraq; Afghanistan; Iran

Book.  328 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Theory ; International Relations

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Introduction in Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare

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Win All without Fighting in Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare

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Avoid Strength, Attack Weakness in Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare

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Deception and Foreknowledge in Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare

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Speed and Preparation in Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare

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Shaping the Enemy in Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare

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Character-based Leadership in Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare

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Terrorism and the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare

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Ancient Principles for Future Battlefields in Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare

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