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Sun Tzu and the Art of Medieval Japanese Warfare

Sun Tzu and the Art of Medieval Japanese Warfare (New)

by Knutsen, Roald

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers

Binding: Hardcover with dust jacket

Book ID: 9781905246007, 1905246005

$75.00

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For the first time, this study examines in depth how the medieval Japanese masters of Heiho -- the Art of War -- sought to interpret, illustrate and transmit the principles of China’s time-honoured military strategist Sun-Tzu during possibly the most turbulent period of Japanese history, the war-torn Muromachi period (c. 1350 -- 1575). In these two centuries a number of gifted warriors, steeped in the teachings of Sun-Tzu and the Chinese Military Classics, developed their own concepts of the arts of warfare, expressed in personal combat, to heights of formidable effectiveness. Rather than consider the weaknesses and strengths of the medieval military command structures, the author focuses instead on certain basic strategies still to be found in the upper levels of these individual masters’ teachings, some of which have fortunately survived the five hundred or more years that have elapsed since these strategists passed away. Sun-Tzu’s lasting legacy was encapsulated in one simple statement: ‘All warfare is based on deception’. This volume, supported by a sixteen-page Plate Section, demonstrates how, and from where, some of these master swordsmen derived their unique understanding of these ancient teachings.

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