Mark McNeilly

in Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare

Published in print January 2015 | ISBN: 9780199957859
Published online February 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190252717 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter begins by discussing the history of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. It then identifies six principles extracted from the book that are relevant and applicable to modern warfare. These are, firstly, win all without fighting; secondly, avoid strength, attack weakness; thirdly, deception and foreknowledge; fourthly, speed and preparation; fifthly, shaping the enemy; and finally, character-based leadership. This book discusses how each of these principles has been applied throughout history, using examples from ancient and modern battles, campaigns, and wars. These illustrate how the understanding or ignorance of these principles has led to success or failure.

Keywords: wars; modern warfare; The Art of War; military history; military strategy; battles

Chapter.  2600 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Theory ; International Relations

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