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Who was Sun Tzu?

Who was Sun Tzu?

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Asked by I.Helen, Last updated: May 04, 2022

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A. Cook

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A. Cook, English Professor, M.A, Ph.D, Kentucky

Answered Nov 02, 2018

Sun Tzu was a military general, tactician, writer and a philosopher. He was born 544 and he died 496 BC. Sun Tzu wrote the ancient Chinese book, "The Art of War", that became an influential work on military strategy in China. This book, which details a complete philosophy on how to decisively defeat one’s opponent.

He taught that the first principle of war is deception. Sun Tzu died when King Helu was killed in 496 BC. Sun Tzu works still has a significant impact on Chinese and Asian history and culture.

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S. Hughes

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Answered Jun 11, 2018

Sun-tzu was a military specialist or maybe even a mercenary who lived in China from 544-496 BC. He is famous for being the author of The Art of War, considered by many historians to be the best book ever written on the subject of war. His philosophy and war maneuvers focused less on force and more on psychological dominance.

For example, he advocated such tactics as setting fires in order to terrorize the enemy. Other strategies involved destroying the enemy’s morale by “splitting alliances, evading battle, attacking by surprise”, and especially by using secret agents. His goal was to create chaos within his enemy’s forces so they could not resist effectively and therefore they could more easily be defeated.

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