The Art of War/The Book Of Lord Shang

The Art of War/The Book Of Lord Shang

ISBN: 1853267791

ISBN 13: 9781853267796

Publication Date: February 05, 1998

Publisher: Wordsworth Classics

Pages: 243

Format: Paperback

Authors: Sun Tzu, Tao Hanzhang, Shang Yang, Yuan Shibing, J.J. Duyvendak, Robert Wilkinson

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The two political classics in this book are the product of a time of intense turmoil in Chinese history. Dating from the Period of the Warring States (403-221BC), they anticipate Machiavelli's The Prince by nearly 2000 years. The Art of War is the best known of a considerable body of Chinese works on the subject. It analyses the nature of war, and reveals how victory may be ensured. The Book of Lord Shang is a political treatise for the instruction of rulers. These texts are anything but armchair strategy or ivory-tower speculation. They are serious, urgent and practical responses to the desperate situations in which they were written. They have been immensely influential both inside and outside China.

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