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    DescriptionCompiled during the Warring States period of 475-221 B.C.E., The Art of War has had an enormous impact on the development of Chinese military strategy over the past two thousand years and occupies an important place in East Asian intellectual history. It is the first known attempt to formulate a rational basis for the planning and conduct of military operations, and while numerous editions of the work exist, Victor Mair's translation is the first to remain true to the original structure and essential style of the text. Mair's fidelity to the original, along with his insightful commentary and reliance on archaeologically recovered manuscripts, breaks new ground in solving The Art of War's difficult textual and contextual problems. He confronts complex questions concerning the authorship of the work, asserting that Sun Wu, a supposed strategist of the Spring and Autumn period (770-476 B.C.E.) to whom the text is traditionally attributed, never existed. Instead, Mair claims that The Art of War coalesced over a period of around seventy-five years, from the middle of the fourth century to the first quarter of the third century B.C.E. Mair also reveals the way The Art of War reflects historical developments in technological and military strategy in civilizations throughout Eurasia, especially in regards to iron metallurgy. He demonstrates the close link between the philosophy in The Art of War and Taoism and discusses the reception of the text from the classical period to today. Finally, Mair highlights previously unaddressed stylistic and statistical aspects and includes philological annotations that present new ways of approaching the intellectual and social background of the work. A phenomenal achievement, Mair's comprehensive translation is an indispensable resource for today's students, strategists, and scholars.


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    Title
    The Art of War
    Subtitle
    Sun Zi's Military Methods
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sun Tzu, Translated by Victor H. Mair
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 213 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 295 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780231133838
    ISBN 10: 0231133839
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: JW
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: JF, HPDF
    LC classification: B
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: SOC000000
    DC22: 355.02
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CHINES
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    Abridged Dewey: 181
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15200
    BISAC V2.8: TEC025000, PHI003000
    Thema V1.0: QDHC, JW, JB
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Columbia University Press
    Imprint name
    Columbia University Press
    Publication date
    01 March 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Victor Mair is a graduate of Dartmouth College, the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and Harvard University. He is professor of Chinese language and literature at the University of Pennsylvania and is the founder and editor of Sino-Platonic Papers, an academic journal that examines diverse aspects of Chinese language, script, and culture, paying particular attention to historical relationships with other societies in Eurasia. For the past two decades, he has led a major international investigation of the Bronze Age and Early Iron Age peoples of Eastern Central Asia, a project that has resulted in numerous publications and several films. His Columbia books include The Columbia Anthology of Traditional Chinese Literature and The Columbia History of Chinese Literature.
    Review quote
    Mair provides insight on how this manual came to exist. Indianapolis Star 12/9/07 Lean, clear, all fustian removed. -- Donald Richie Japan Times 12/2/07 Mair's excellent new translation of Sunzi's (Sun Tzu) Art of War... brings a new, and extremely useful perspective to the text. -- Peter Lorge Journal of Military History Vol. 72, No. 3
    Table of contents
    Foreward by Arthur WaldronPrefacePrinciples of TranslationGuide to PronunciationKey TermsList of Abbreviations PrecisIntroductionChapter 1. Initial AssessmentsChapter 2. Doing BattleChapter 3. Planning for the AttackChapter 4. PositioningChapter 5. ConfigurationChapter 6. Emptiness and SolidityChapter 7. The Struggle of ArmiesChapter 8. Nine VarietiesChapter 9. Marching the ArmyChapter 10. Terrain TypesChapter 11. Nine Types of TerrainChapter 12. Incendiary AttackChapter 13. Using SpiesAppendix. The Pseudo-Biography of Sun WuNotesBibliographyIndex