Differences Between Machiavelli And Sun Tzu

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MID-TERM POLITICAL SCIENCE ESSAY Question What are the key similarities and differences between the views of Non western political thinkers like Sun Tzu/Kautilya with Western political thinkers like Hobbes and Machiavelli, with regard to war/security of state? The topic of war has been a constant presence throughout the trail of time and thus, has been commented and theorized on by a lot of political thinkers; both from the west and the comparatively disconnected east. In my essay i will present the views of Machiavelli and Kautilya on war and will identify the various similarities and differences between their views on the the war. Sun Tzu was a Chinese general, military strategist, and philosopher. “The supreme art of war is to subdue the…show more content…
He believed “wars were a waste of time” and negotiations could be made through instead of fighting.“There never has been a protracted war which has benefited a country.” According to Sun Tzu war is expensive and wasteful as till date no country has benefited through war. He believed that there would be economic consequences that a country may face after the war particularly inflation. Sun Tzu believed war was a serious matter and one must not take it lightly. One must do detailed planning and go for war because he also believed that one should go for war only if one could win. “Sun Tzu is aware that the enemy may have allies but he basically speaks of bilateral responses to and initiatives vis-a-vis the enemy.” Sun Tzu felt that his enemies would have allies that would be a threat to him in future, hence he believed in giving bilateral responses that would erase the chances of counter attack. Sun Tzu says that favourable weather conditions and terrain play an important role in winning war. “One must never hesitate or withdraw to conserve oneself and to entice the enemy to a

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