The Classic Works Of Strategy

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Classic Works of Strategy
Dustin Lee Hall
University of Maryland University College
Principles of War
September 18th 2016

Background to the Classic Works of Strategy from Sun Tsu to Jomini
Rousseau (2011) defines strategy as a link connecting military power and political purpose. He emphasizes that strategy entails the use of threat and force to achieve policy objectives. Given the unfortunate centrality of war to world events, strategy becomes a significant aspect in providing a theory of success. The perennial popularity of books on military and application of works of wisdom in the use of force today is unequivocal. Particularly, books that generally focus of the theory of strategy, studies with varied meanings for all purposes, technologies, places, and times are increasingly rare. In the past 2,400 years, only 3 classic works are significant on this subject and no more than five have an enduring value (Rousseau, 2011). Sun-Tzu’s classic work on The Art of War is one such classic works basing on strategic theory that has implications for all purposes, places, times, and technologies. Sun-Tzu wrote his book in China in ca. 400 BC during the era of “Warring States, 403-221 BC” (Rousseau, 2011, p. 79). Henri de Jomini’s The Art of War that he wrote in 1838 also deserves an honorable mention.
Sun Tsu and Jomini’s classic works of strategy earn the ascription of classic works because they stand the test of time and they earn the stamp of the historical

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