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Strategies for the Human Realm - Crux of the T'ai-pai Yin-ching (Paperback) Loot Price: R295
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Strategies for the Human Realm - Crux of the T'ai-pai Yin-ching (Paperback): Ralph D. Sawyer

Strategies for the Human Realm - Crux of the T'ai-pai Yin-ching (Paperback)

Ralph D. Sawyer

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Composed by Li Ch'uan (Li Quan), a provincial military official who served in the middle T'ang dynasty, the T'ai-pai Yin-ching revitalized the theoretical study of warfare in China. Remarkably comprehensive, it first focuses upon the human realm, devoting a quarter of its hundred chapters to the grand issues of government, warfare, human society, ethical values, and man's orientation within the universe while pondering the more concrete problems of the nature of command, methods for evaluating men, the role of rewards and punishments, and the implementation of subversive measures. Instead of conquering through combat or achieving the fabled hundred victories in a hundred clashes, Li's aim was victory without combat so as to preserve the state rather than debilitate it in warfare. The remaining seventy-five chapters, not translated here, briefly discuss important battle equipment and techniques before unfolding extensive material on sacrifices and arcane prognosticatory methods. Highly regarded thereafter, the T'ai-pai Yin-ching stands at the beginning of the later military tradition in China and numerous chapters appear in the military compendia produced over the next thousand years. It also continues to be the subject of conscious study as the PRC strives to develop "military science with unique Chinese characteristics."

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Imprint: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Country of origin: United States
Release date: October 2012
First published: October 2012
Authors: Ralph D. Sawyer
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 224
ISBN-13: 978-1-4791-3238-6
Categories: Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > Military history
Books > History > History of specific subjects > Military history
LSN: 1-4791-3238-1
Barcode: 9781479132386

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