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Ancient Principles for Future Battlefields

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: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199957859.003.0009
Ancient Principles for Future Battlefields

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This chapter compares the ideas of Sun Tzu with those of the West’s leading military theorist, the Prussian Carl von Clausewitz. It examines how Sun Tzu’s principles can be applied in the face of current challenges such as terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and the evolving geopolitical balance of power. Lastly, it studies how future changes in air power, sea power, weapons of mass destruction, missile technology, high-speed ubiquitous communications, space warfare, and international relations can be understood within the context of the six principles.

Keywords: military theory; Carl von Clausewitz; wars; modern warfare; The Art of War; Sun Tzu

Chapter.  7112 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory ; International Relations

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