Sun Tzu 's The Art Of War

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Sun Tzu’s The Art of War in World War II During the Spring and Autumn Period (771 B.C.E. -406 B.C.E.) of Chinese history, the Zhou dynasty began to face opposition from several competing warlords and dynasties. In the midst of this conflict emerged the Wu general, Sun Wu, later titled Sun Tzu. He was the most innovative military officers of his time and his techniques and stratagem were transcribed into The Art of War which was later revised and became the most important military text in the ensuing Warring States Period. As such, it became the most influential piece of miliary thought in Asia and with the advent of the 20th century and increased wars between the East and West, it gradually became the most important military text in the world, replacing another text entitled Art of War written during the Renaissance by Niccolo Machiavelli. One of the first wars in which both sides used Sun Tzu’s text, was World War II. The principles outlined in The Art of War, became ingrained in the tactics of the American, British, German and Russian armies following World War I and the Russo-Japanese War. The tactics in outlined in The Art of War were used in many major battles in World War II in both theaters of combat, leading it to become the one of the most, if not the most influential piece of military work in history. The Second Sino-Japanese War, which is considered by many to be an early manifestation, even a theatre, of World War II, was a fierce contest between Japan and…
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