Bloch studied about war for approximately fourteen years before materializing his researches into the form of a book. Eventually, his study came out in 1899 but Bloch would never get the opportunity to observe his ideas being validated by the two world wars. An entrepreneur and a civilian writer, Jean de Bloch's theory of war has proven viable throughout the years precisely because it witnessed its actualization within the two world wars. His analysis on military strategies is all time relevant because it explores war from standout points that indeed remain constant no matter the circumstances or the time of its emergence.
This paper will deal with the Perspective of War and how the certain aspects of war has forever changed the history and thought processes of civilizations worldwide. The paper will focus on the duty and action of war, the destruction and fear of war, and finally the memory of war.Investigating these ideas will give us a broader understand of how war has forever changed us as a society and how art is the perfect representation of this change.
The brutal and vicious strategies used during the second Indochina war eloquently were brought to light by James W. McCoy in “Secrets of the Viet Cong.” McCoy describe the stories and acts that occurred during the second Indochina war that had taken place on all sides of the field. The main focus of this book is the U.S pitted against the V.C as well as the many other obstacles faced in the country of Vietnam. War in general is a very interesting topic, especially the Vietnam war. The fact that the superpower America had failed to compete and to win against the small country of North Vietnam makes this specific war as interesting as it is. Not to mention the warfare tactics and strategies used by either side makes it an enthralling topic to
War is but a mere game of strategy whose fate depends on the choices made by the players. A simple mistake can be a player’s, or a nation’s, last. In fact, such a mistake is what ultimately ended the Vietnam War, a war that had been raging across the world for twenty years.
To look at how Lao Tzu’s philosophy influenced Sun Tzu’s, The Art of War, one must understand the point of view in context with the writers. Eastern philosophy is much different from those of its Western counterparts. The Western world has more of an inner focus on “determinism and moral responsibility.” Ones reasoning, logic, and ethics play a role with the decisions they make. While the Eastern world has more of a focus on the foundational beliefs of “fundamental connectedness”, and “personal liberation”. The
“The great difficulty of constructing a scientific theory for the conduct of war, and the many very poor attempts which have thus far been made to do so, have led most people to say that the task is impossible, since it concerns matters which cannot be defined by fixed rules. We would agree with this opinion, and give up all theoretical endeavors, were it not for the multitude of propositions that can be demonstrated easily and conclusively.”
When we look back at history, the driving force of change in the world usually comes in the form of war. By looking at the art of ancient civilizations we can understand how their culture viewed the different aspects of war and battles. Two great examples of art that represents a civilization’s view of warfare are the Standard of Ur and the Alexander Mosaic.
The Art of War is a famous book on battle strategy written by military strategist Sun Tzu during the Spring and Autumn Period. Even though it is over 2500 years old, it is often quoted today.
China’s recent militaristic advances have raised tensions between China, Vietnam, and Taiwan. Recently, China has sent surface-to-air missiles to a land that is partially claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan. Due to the past that China has with its neighboring countries, many countries, like Taiwan and Vietnam, are concerned about the move China has made in putting missiles on Woody Island.
the absence of Zhou Enlai and Mao in initiative parts created a force battle created between Deng Xiaoping and Mao's backings, headed by Jiang Qing. Around the same time, understudies showed in Tiananmen Square out of appreciation for Zhou, bringing on an imperfection in Jiang's energy. Seeing his chance, Deng seized control and conveyed more youthful men with his perspectives to control. He created state constitutions and conveyed new strategies to the gathering in 1982. Deng's arrangement depended on the four modernizations of horticulture, industry, national guard, and science/innovation. In 1987, Deng resigned and Zhao Ziyang got to be general secretary, and Li Peng got to be head. China stayed calm for a few years after the force battle
Sun Tzu understood the nature of war as “the province of life or death,” and a “matter of vital importance to the state.”1 I agree. In my own experience, war awakens your primordial instincts and strips you of your self-rationalizations. Sun Tzu defined the character of war when he wrote, “water has no constant form, there are in war no constant conditions.”2 Accordingly, Sun Tzu’s principals of war offer a framework adequate to explain the nature and character of 21st century warfare, which I rationalize as a near-continuous battle of ideologies fought through asymmetric means to advance the values and interests of state and non-state actors.
Wars have been huge major events in the world, and not everyone can see these wars of how they affect the world. Because of this many artists around the world have painted, drawn, sang, and so on, about wars for everyone to see the effects of war.
In July 2013, Wenweipo - the pro-PRC Chinese-language newspaper published an article titled “Six Wars China is sure to fight in the next 50 years”. According to this article, after unification of Taiwan (year 2020 to 2025), China will take the second war: Reconquest of Spratly Islands (year 2025 to 2030) and “China will send the ultimatum to countries surrounding the Islands with the deadline of 2028. The countries having disputes on the sovereignty of Islands can negotiate with China on preserving their shares of investments in these Islands by giving up”. In 1999, two Chinese military colonels – authors of the book namely “Unlimited War” suggested using an “unlimited war” to solve the disputing in the South China Sea. These authors said that, to avoid a war does not mean that not using military force and a conflict is indispensable. However, there is one more important thing that to control the intensities of conflict that. It is necessary to conduct some special activities to prove the sovereignty of China in the disputing Spratly Islands but do not let this activities increase to the total war. These things prove that the potential war between Vietnam and China in the future could be come true.
The “Art of War” and “De Re Militari” two military treatises were written one continent and around five centuries apart by authors that came from two vastly different backgrounds and cultures. Both authors penned treatises intended to inform and educate commanders about war yet the underlying theme is not victory but to ensure the survivability of their soldiers in battle. Sun Tzu and Vegetius differ on their ideas of this specifically on the relationship the military holds between the governing body as well as relations with the civilian population. However, what they do come together on ideas of efficient battle that minimizes Soldier loss as much as possible.
While “The Art of War” was written by Sun Tzu during the 6th century B.C., long before the colonization of the Americas, the onslaught of the Crusades, and before the Persian Wars of around 490 B.C., it remains relevant to this day. There is also strong evidence that the work inspired Napoleon and was used in the planning of Operation Desert Storm. “The Art of War” has withstood the sands of time due to its simplistic approach, and its applicability to non-military strategies. “The Art of War“, interpreted by Gerald, A. Michaelson, as well as other authors, use Sun Tzu’s timeless strategies and apply them to the modern day corporate world.