Ancient China and Post Modern War (Cass Military Studies) by Thomas Kane

By Thomas Kane

Sun Tzu and different classical chinese language strategic thinkers wrote in an period of social, monetary and army revolution, and was hoping to spot enduring ideas of battle and statecraft. The twenty-first century is a time of equally innovative switch, and this makes their principles of specific relevance for today’s strategic surroundings. putting those theories in old context, Dr Kane explores historical chinese language reactions to such concerns as advances in army expertise and insurgency and terrorism, delivering fascinating comparisons among smooth and historical.

The ebook explains the best way fashionable chinese language thinkers - akin to solar Tzu, Han Fei Tzu and Lao Tzu - handled serious strategic questions. It additionally compares their principles to these of thinkers from different instances and civilizations (e.g. Clausewitz) to light up fairly details. In concluding, the e-book addresses the query of ways historical chinese language principles could tell modern strategic debates.

Ancient China on Postmodern War should be of a lot curiosity to scholars of strategic stories, chinese language philosophy and armed forces history.

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Sun Tzu and different classical chinese language strategic thinkers wrote in an period of social, monetary and armed forces revolution, and was hoping to spot enduring rules of conflict and statecraft. The twenty-first century is a time of equally progressive swap, and this makes their principles of specific relevance for today’s strategic surroundings. putting those theories in historic context, Dr Kane explores old chinese language reactions to such matters as advances in army expertise and insurgency and terrorism, delivering attention-grabbing comparisons among sleek and historic.

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Furthermore, they expanded the Chinese empire (Gernet 1972: 52). Historical background 39 Nevertheless, the Chou rulers’ diplomacy complicated China’s affairs, both internally and externally. Different rulers had entered the Chou coalition on different terms. Wen and Wu had conquered some of them and brought them into the alliance by force (Sawyer 1993: 6). Others, such as the Hsia nobles, depended on the new imperial dynasty for support. All, however, fielded their own troops and all governed their people directly, relying on their own administrative bureaucracies (Rodzinski 1979: 20).

These tables, however, are certainly convenient for anybody who wants to grasp the various authors’ key points quickly. More significantly, Handel’s argument that there is a universal logic of war is, itself, logical. Bullets and crossbow bolts are no respecters of culture. Those who use such weapons effectively have the opportunity to perpetuate themselves. Those who do not, do not. Such principles as these set the parameters for war at any time and in any place. Nevertheless, Clausewitz, Sun Tzu and Handel himself concur that one cannot reduce war to a logical formula (Handel 1996: 165–71).

The roads of Chou are (smooth) as a whetstone, reads a passage in the Shih Ching (Book of Odes), ‘straight as an arrow’s flight’ (Needham et al. 1971: 4). Scholars believe that these lines date to the ninth century BC, if not earlier (Needham et al. 1971: 4). A second-century BC text credits the Chou rulers with establishing a government ministry to improve the efficiency of road networks throughout the empire. In the entry for the Ssu Hsien (Director of Communications) we read: He studies the maps of the nine provinces in order to obtain a perfect knowledge of the mountains, forests, lakes, rivers and marshes, and to understand the (natural) routes of communication.

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