The Art of War

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Although accounts differ over the Sun Tzu’s origins, according to a biography written by a 2nd century BC historian he was a general who lived in the state of Wu in 6th century BC.

Sun Tzu is most famous for the Art of War, praised as the definitive work on military strategy and tactics prior to the collapse of imperial China. Consisting of 13 chapters, the Art of War is one of the most famous studies on strategies for military success.

The most fundamental of Sun Tzu’s principles is that “warfare is based on deception”, and he believed that “the supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting”. One of his stratagems emphasizes the importance of knowing your enemy, “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.

If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat”. Today his work has found new applications in areas totally unrelated to its original military purpose and used as a guide in business, sport, diplomacy, and even in dating!

The Art of War, 8.7 out of 10 based on 37 ratings

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  • justaguywholikestheancients

    I apologize if my argument comes off harsh, with no grounds or ill intended, yet Ive read the Art of Way many times, the scripts, even the ones recently found, which seemed to be additions that Sun Tzu wrote as a addition to the original 13 chapters. Sun Bin, a descendant from Tzu, also wrote a book in regards to his ancestor, true to the original principals. Thing is, this documentary makes a mock of the principals of the Art of War. My point is that this book was highly influenced by Taoism, Tao Te Ching, or book of changes, was a classical that influenced very much the works of Sun Tzu, Liu Ji, Zhuge Liang, Sun Bin, Cao Cao, and the list goes on and on, even Confucius, when he wrote his scripts, which later became the Book known as The Analects of Spring and Autumn, all had Taoism deeply rooted in their core believes. Sun Tzu, as I understand from his teachings, makes very clear that war is a dirty business, it is people who die, people who suffer, and people who make the nation, when we go to war it is the nation that suffers, subsequently the people fall into chaos, food runs low, resources are wasted and the nation suffers considerable set backs. Though I respect the thought about making such a episode, I see that many of the humanitarian believes, so pointed out by Tzu are left out. Generals before going off to war, should first consider the impact of such a war on the nation, that is know fullness versus emptiness, leaders should know whether it is wise to go to war, for the people may suffer from lack of resources. Laws of warfare dictate that the leader never wage war out of anger or emotion driven, this hurts the people, pose no cause to justify the war and thus are a sign of clear defeat. Thus, war is never waged during summer or winter, out of concern for the soldiers and for the people who depend on harvest to go about their lives and survive the coming winters. There are a vast amount of principals that Tzu makes clear in the teachings, I find it somewhat unclear the way this documentary is portrayed. They should have studied other wars, clearly one more acute to the principles they mentioned and those they clearly left out. All in all the Art of War is fullness, one principle alone will not give you victory, rather all must be enbraced by the general, he who follows the principals of warfare is a leader among men, one who watches over the nation and one whom the nation must care for as one of it’s sons.

  • justaguywholikestheancients

    I apologize if my argument comes off harsh, with no grounds or ill intended, yet Ive read the Art of Way many times, the scripts, even the ones recently found, which seemed to be additions that Sun Tzu wrote as a addition to the original 13 chapters. Sun Bin, a descendant from Tzu, also wrote a book in regards to his ancestor, true to the original principals. Thing is, this documentary makes a mock of the principals of the Art of War. My point is that this book was highly influenced by Taoism, Tao Te Ching, or book of changes, was a classical that influenced very much the works of Sun Tzu, Liu Ji, Zhuge Liang, Sun Bin, Cao Cao, and the list goes on and on, even Confucius, when he wrote his scripts, which later became the Book known as The Analects of Spring and Autumn, all had Taoism deeply rooted in their core believes. Sun Tzu, as I understand from his teachings, makes very clear that war is a dirty business, it is people who die, people who suffer, and people who make the nation, when we go to war it is the nation that suffers, subsequently the people fall into chaos, food runs low, resources are wasted and the nation suffers considerable set backs. Though I respect the thought about making such a episode, I see that many of the humanitarian believes, so pointed out by Tzu are left out. Generals before going off to war, should first consider the impact of such a war on the nation, that is know fullness versus emptiness, leaders should know whether it is wise to go to war, for the people may suffer from lack of resources. Laws of warfare dictate that the leader never wage war out of anger or emotion driven, this hurts the people, pose no cause to justify the war and thus are a sign of clear defeat. Thus, war is never waged during summer or winter, out of concern for the soldiers and for the people who depend on harvest to go about their lives and survive the coming winters. There are a vast amount of principals that Tzu makes clear in the teachings, I find it somewhat unclear the way this documentary is portrayed. They should have studied other wars, clearly one more acute to the principles they mentioned and those they clearly left out. All in all the Art of War is fullness, one principle alone will not give you victory, rather all must be enbraced by the general, he who follows the principals of warfare is a leader among men, one who watches over the nation and one whom the nation must care for as one of it’s sons.

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  • Michael

    WARNING: Cheesy re-anactments that will make your skin crawl.

  • Michael

    WARNING: Cheesy re-anactments that will make your skin crawl.

  • Michael

    WARNING: Cheesy re-anactments that will make your skin crawl.

  • fuckgreece

    how the fuck do they link the  Sun Tzu’s war philosophies to America. WTF is this supposed to be american propaganda. fucking history channel

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