The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 2 – Waging War

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 2 – Waging War

  • Strategy to use the military
    • In order to mobilize your troops, they have to be given attack support, provisions, money for advisers & materials
  • Drawn-out battles, will ruin weapons & fighting strength
    • Attacking cities will wear them out
    • Prolonged campaigns will drain the stat’s resources
  • If you allow these to happen, the feudal lords will take advantage & not even great generals can save you
  • I’ve heard of awkward speed but never any skill or wealth in prolonged fighting
    • If you don’t know this, you’re doomed
  • Masters of war don’t ask too much of people & too much money
    • It works if you get weapons from the state & food from the enemy
    • Armies cause states to go broke
    • Armies buy goods from those nearby. If the price is too high, the states will go broke
    • All these used military expenses will use more than half of your resources, less so if you can steal it off the enemy
  • Killing is motivated by anger. Stealing is motivated by material gain
    • If you can take their weapons & goods, as well as incorporate their men into our army – all the better
    • Knowing this will make you victorious

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