The Art of Strategy - Part One

"Perspective on the Treaty of Sun Tzu"

To give you some perspective on the context in which Sun Tzu's the Art of Strategy was written, we are starting 2,500 years ago.

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Some of the readers who know something about Sun Tzu the Art of Strategy may know it was written 2,500 hundred years ago, In China.

It was a significant moment in human history, rich with ideas and fierce aggression.

Some may call it, the dawn of consciousness, but this is entirely another story...

Around the time:

  • Solon was sawing the seeds for democracy in Greece.
  • Socrates, Plato and Aristotle were developing what was to become the Western philosophy.
  • Alexander the Great taught by Aristotle was gathering an army that would successfully conquer Greece, Persia, Egypt and India.
  • Buddha was on his Pilgrimage through India teaching the Golden rules and the Middle Path.
  • Confucius was cultivating his own ideas on the ideal man.
  • Lau Tzu the great founder of Taoism was establishing the way and its power – The Tao Te Ching, The most revered of all Chinese Classics, that teaches the way of Nature in general and human nature in particular.

Most significantly, this period saw the end of the old Egyptian empire and its fall in the hand of foreigners forever to come.

It was the end of the "unconscious", peaceful and great civilisation and the emergence of a more "conscious" deliberate and aggressive mentalities the world over.

Meanwhile In China...

During the Warring states period (300BC, 500BC) aptly named, more than three hundred wars were fought between the separate states of china.

To make an analogy between then and now, the Chinese experienced a second world war continually for 150 years; of course the weapons at the time were different but the armies were nearly as large and the devastation and human suffering just as profound.

Today the chariots and swards may have disappeared but the conflicts throughout the world remain the same.

Ideological supremacy and control of resources.

Surrounded by the devastation of his war-torn world, Sun Tzu achieved a basic awareness that is only now reaching the twentieth-century mind: That the world is interconnected and that damaging any part of the world will damage the whole system; hence his famous saying in the art of Strategy:

“to win without fighting is best of skill”

Using this philosophy, Sun Tzu developed his treaties, The Art of War or better understood The Art of Strategy. Outlining specific strategies to overcome conflicts while viewing the world as a complete and interdependent system that must be preserved.

Sun Tzu succeeded in writing one of the most widely translated and thoroughly read strategy book in the world today.

Today the Art of Strategy is perhaps the most prestigious book of Strategy ever written. Eagerly studied in Asia by modern politicians, executives and military leaders throughout the world.

After hiring Sun Tzu, the Kingdom of Wu conquered all of southern China and became the dominant Chinese state until Sun Tzu’s death, after which it quickly declined.

However, Sun Tzu’s work inventing the art of strategy lived on, preserved by his descendant, Sun Ping, who popularized it about two hundred years later, where its methods lead directly to the creation of the Chinese empire, one of the longest-lived empires in history.

However, in China, the secrets of the Art of Strategy were kept strictly to the ruling class. In some parts of China, it is still considered dangerous to study Sun Tzu and the art of strategy.

Dangerous for who?

Naturally for the ruling classes. Acquiring such knowledge could transform an ordinary individual to a strategist who is able to conquer and lead nations.

The Art of Strategy (Navigation)

The Art of Strategy - Introduction
Introduction and main page.

The Art of Strategy - Part One You Are Here!
Perspective on the writing of Sun Tzu's Treaty.

The Art of Strategy - Part Two
Three words in the opening of the Art of Strategy are very important.

The Art of Strategy - Part Three
Two main issues that the Art of Strategy deals with..

The Art of Strategy - Part Four
The Art of Strategy Positioning and Advance.

The Art of Strategy - Part Five
The Art of Strategy The advance Cycle

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