Essay on The Art of War Analysis

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The Art of War Analysis The Art of War was one of our world’s first written documents that dealt with militaristic strategies and advancements. The book was written by a Chinese military leader named Sun Tzu, who commanded and analyzed his military over the Warring States Period of China. Sun Tzu produced this text in an attempt to provide future military advantages for the Chinese, but The Art of War’s ideas eventually spread to neighboring civilizations and empires. The ideas and facts expressed in Sun Tzu’s writings proved effective as military groups became more powerful through the writings. Throughout The Art of War, Sun Tzu expressed his views and tactics primarily in moral ethics, intelligence, environmental tactics, and …show more content…
#1) Making the enemy believe in false statements about your military will give you the advantage because they will not expect the unexpected. This is a very interesting quote because this tactic is clearly used throughout the history of warfare because the art of being unnoticed can help one’s army to victory. Another quote that describes the importance of intelligence is stated, “It is only the enlightened ruler and the wise general who will use the highest intelligence of the army for the purpose of spying.” (p. #1) This proves the importance of intelligence, whether it is making decisions as a leader or achieving positions within the army. When Sun Tzu describes the general as “wise”, he is already assuming that the general is bright and intelligent which is needed among all controlling leaders to navigate their soldiers to success. The next subject that seemed to be very important to Sun Tzu was environmental tactics. Throughout The Art of War, there are descriptions of tactics for each geographical environment and how to position one’s army on that terrain. One tactic for a terrain of various heights was described as, “With regard to precipitous heights, if you are beforehand with your adversary, you should occupy the raised and sunny spots, and there wait for him to come up.” (p. #1) This tactic of height advantage when fighting is still used today and it must have given Sun Tzu great powers over his enemies. Another quote about the environment that Sun Tzu

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