Essay War Is An Art That Itself The True Strength Of A Leader

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“The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.” War is an art that reveals the true strength of a leader. Sun Tzu; the author of the indispensable handbook that has occupied kings and generals for millennia has employed psychology, deceit, strategic power, and diplomacy as the fundamental arts of combat. Thought to have lived in the fifth century B.C., His family was part of a clan of experts on arms and fighting; his teachings are most likely a combination of his clan’s ideas and his own, as well as concepts associated with early Taoism. Throughout ancient times, the political and social climate of China was characterized by violent upheaval, the rise and fall of great dynasties, and almost continuous military conflict.Sun Tzu followed the profession of his clan and, on the basis of how growing reputation, entered the service of Ho Lu, king of the state of Tu, as a traveling service for hire. His military stratagems intrigued the king, and Sun Tzu eventually became general of the king’s army. Sun Tzu defeated numerous opponents and created a systematic treatise on war. Sun Tzu contemplated the madness of his times as deeply as he could; he advocated waging fast, offensive wars, once one had made deliberate calculations and decided that war was the only reasonable alternative. Military history offers dramatic testimony of Sun…

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