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Prologue

Andreas Herberg‐Rothe

in Clausewitz's Puzzle: The Political Theory of War

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199202690
eISBN:
9780191707834
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199202690.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

The prologue explains the fundamental contrasts between the early and the late Clausewitz by reflecting on his analyses of war campaigns. Unfortunately, the erroneous identification of Clausewitz's ... More


The Chinese Way of War

Andrew Scobell

in The Evolution of Operational Art: From Napoleon to the Present

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199599486
eISBN:
9780191595806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599486.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics, Political Theory

This chapter examines Chinese operational art, taking as its point of departure the rise of the Communist movement in the 1920s and the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949. Drawing on ... More


Ancient Principles for Future Battlefields: Applying Sun Tzu’s Principles

Mark McNeilly

in Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2015
ISBN:
9780199957859
eISBN:
9780190252717
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199957859.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, International Relations and Politics

This chapter compares the ideas of Sun Tzu with those of the West’s leading military theorist, the Prussian Carl von Clausewitz. It examines how Sun Tzu’s principles can be applied in the face of ... More


Terrorism and the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq: Applying Sun Tzu’s Principles

Mark McNeilly

in Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2015
ISBN:
9780199957859
eISBN:
9780190252717
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199957859.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, International Relations and Politics

The actions of the United States and its allies in the so-called “global war on terror” against al-Qaeda and its affiliates in Afghanistan, Iraq, and around the world illustrate that Sun Tzu’s words ... More


Win All without Fighting: Achieving the Objective without Destroying It

Mark McNeilly

in Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2015
ISBN:
9780199957859
eISBN:
9780190252717
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199957859.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, International Relations and Politics

This chapter discusses the first principle of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War and its application in military situations. Achieving the objective without destroying it means that a nation’s actions in ... More


Deception and Foreknowledge: Winning the Information War

Mark McNeilly

in Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2015
ISBN:
9780199957859
eISBN:
9780190252717
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199957859.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, International Relations and Politics

This chapter discusses the third principle of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War and its application in military situations. Sun Tzu says that one must have “foreknowledge” in order to defeat the enemy and ... More


The Generalship of Muhammad, the Prophet of Allah

Russ Rodgers

in The Generalship of Muhammad: Battles and Campaigns of the Prophet of Allah

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780813037660
eISBN:
9780813043104
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813037660.003.0009
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

The closing chapter examines the military techniques of Muhammad, both in insurgency and conventional operations, by placing him within the known military science of his era and beyond. His field ... More


Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare

Mark R. McNeilly

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2015
ISBN:
9780199957859
eISBN:
9780190252717
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199957859.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, International Relations and Politics

Long acknowledged as a classic text on strategy, Sun Tzu’s The Art of War has been admired by leaders as diverse as Mao Zedong and General Norman Schwartzkopf. However, having been written two ... More


Character-based Leadership: Leading by Example

Mark McNeilly

in Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2015
ISBN:
9780199957859
eISBN:
9780190252717
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199957859.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, International Relations and Politics

This chapter discusses the sixth principle of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War and its application in military situations. Achieving the principles discussed in the preceding chapters takes a special kind of ... More


Entrance: The Spies of Jericho

Peter Szendy

in All Ears: The Aesthetics of Espionage

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780823273959
eISBN:
9780823274000
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823273959.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

The premises of an archaeology of espionage: Sun Tzu’s The Art of War and the story of the walls of Jericho from the Bible. Listening and spying form an immemorial alliance.


The Chinese Government Adopts and Implements a Lawfare Strategy

Orde F. Kittrie

in Lawfare: Law as a Weapon of War

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780190263577
eISBN:
9780190263607
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190263577.003.0004
Subject:
Law, Public International Law, Human Rights and Immigration

This chapter describes and analyzes the waging of lawfare by the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Section I places PRC lawfare in its historical and ideological context, including the Sun Tzu maxim ... More


Avoid Strength, Attack Weakness: Striking Where the Enemy is Most Vulnerable

Mark McNeilly

in Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2015
ISBN:
9780199957859
eISBN:
9780190252717
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199957859.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, International Relations and Politics

This chapter discusses the second principle of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War and its application in military situations. The avoid strength, strike weakness principle flows directly from the first ... More


Shaping the Enemy: Preparing the Battlefield

Mark McNeilly

in Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2015
ISBN:
9780199957859
eISBN:
9780190252717
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199957859.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, International Relations and Politics

This chapter discusses the fifth principle of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War and its application in military situations. Shaping means mastering the enemy and making them conform to the leader’s strategy, ... More


Speed and Preparation: Moving Swiftly to Overcome Resistance

Mark McNeilly

in Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2015
ISBN:
9780199957859
eISBN:
9780190252717
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199957859.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, International Relations and Politics

This chapter discusses the fourth principle of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War and its application in military situations. Speed is essential in war. Armies must move quickly to secure ground that favors ... More


Starting with a Blank Sheet: Principles of War for a New Century

Phillip S. Meilinger

in Thoughts on War

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780813178899
eISBN:
9780813178905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813178899.003.0005
Subject:
History, Military History

Determining principles of war and the mental effort required to articulate them are important for military officers. During a crisis when time is short and there are many demands on our attention, we ... More


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