Published: September 1, 1998
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1853267791
ISBN - 13: 9781853267796
From the Publisher
Translated by Yuan Shibing and J.J.L.Duyvendak. With introductions by Robert Wilkinson.The two political classics in this book are the product of a time of intense turmoil in Chinese history. Dating from the Period of the Warring States(403-221BC), they anticipate Machiavelli''s The Prince by nearly 2000 years. Art of War is the best known of a considerable body of Chinese works on the subject. It analyses the nature of war, and reveals how victory may be ensured. The Book of Lord Shang is a political treatise for the instruction of rulers. These texts are anything but armchair strategy or ivory-tower speculation. They are serious, urgent and practical responses to the desperate situations in which they were written. They have been immensely influential both inside and outside China.
From Our Editors
Published nearly two millennia before Machiavelli`s The Prince, the two books in this single
volume were both written during China`s tumultuous Period of the
Warring States. Sun Tzu`s The Art of
War is a classic of military strategy, ranging over
the exigencies of wartime tactics, both on and off the battlefield.
Equally fascinating is The Book of Lord
Shang, an intense study of the nature and practice of
statecraft. This Wordsworth Classics
edition also includes an introduction to each text by scholar and
philosopher Robert Wilkinson.