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History of Sun Zi Art of War The Art of War or “Sun Wu’s Military Science” is a Chinese military treatise written by Sun Tzu during the spring and autumn period in the 6th century BC. The book is composed of 13 chapters, with the first chapter "laying plans" as the principal line. It consists of laying plans, waging war, strategic attack, disposition of the army, forces, weakness and strengths, military manoeuvres, variations and adaptability, movement and deployment of troops, terrain, the nine battlegrounds, attacking with fire, and lastly, intelligence and espionage. Sun Zi Art of War is one of the oldest and successful books on military strategy. It presents a philosophy of war in managing conflicts ad winning battles. Its strategies and philosophical thoughts stated have been widely practiced and used in all fields such as military affairs, politics and economics especially in the business nowadays. The Art of War was translated into the French language in the year of 1772 by French Jesuit Jean Joseph Marie Amiot. It was then translated into English by British officer Everard Ferguson Calthrop in the year of 1905. It has influenced military leaders such as Napoleon Bonarpate, Mao Zedong, Vo Nguyen Giap and General Douglas MacArthur.(The Art of War - Chinese Ancient Military Treatise, n.d.) During the Sengoku era in Japan, a Samurai named Takeda Shingen is said to have become nearly invincible in battle without relying on guns.(as cited in Shawn Conners, Lionel Giles, 2009, p.iii) This is because he studied The Art of…...

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