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Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare$
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Mark R. McNeilly

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199957859

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199957859.001.0001

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Win All without Fighting

Win All without Fighting

Achieving the Objective without Destroying It

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(p.8) 1 Win All without Fighting
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Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare
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Mark McNeilly

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199957859.003.0002

This chapter discusses the first principle of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War and its application in military situations. Achieving the objective without destroying it means that a nation’s actions in warfare, diplomacy, and domestic policy should achieve its goals in a manner that improves its chances for future survival and prosperity; those actions must not lead to the destruction of the state through warfare or a peace that, through the loser’s resentment, leads to a more vicious war later. Thus, the ability to control the nation’s sphere of influence should not be pursued blindly. It does no good to take all-under-heaven if there is nothing left of it when one is done.

Keywords:   war, warfare, Sun Tzu, The Art of War, all-under-heaven

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