Foreword, by John S. Major A Note on the Translation Introduction An Overview of the Military Bibliography Index
The Dao of the Military summarizes and reflects on many aspects of the theory and practice of warfare developed in the Warring States period. It incorporates much of the theorizing of several traditions of military thought not well represented in the Seven Military Classics, and it is an important and valuable treatise that enriches our understanding of the history of Chinese military theory, the military tradition, Chinese intellectual history, and early China studies. -- Robin D. S. Yates, McGill University The Dao of the Military is a valuable addition to the body of early China's military texts available in English. Meyer's learned introduction and admirably readable translation provide new and fascinating insights into the intellectual world and the military thinking of ancient Chinese philosophers. It is an essential read for everyone interested in how the Chinese tradition has understood warfare. -- Nicola Di Cosmo, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University
Andrew Seth Meyer is associate professor of history at Brooklyn College. With John S. Major, Sarah A. Queen, and Harold D. Roth, he is the cotranslator and coeditor of The Huainanzi and The Essential Huainanzi. John S. Major taught East Asian history at Dartmouth College from 1971 to 1984. Since then, as an independent scholar, writer, editor, and lecturer, he has published many scholarly and general-interest books on Asia.
The Dao of the Military makes a welcome addition to the growing literature on early Chinese strategy. The translation is exacting and felicitous. It should serve well for those interested in the history of Chinese thought and Chinese military thought. -- Victor H. Mair, University of Pennsylvania With its highly competent translation and penetrating analysis, this volume will be a valuable antidote to the widespread misapprehension that Sunzi's Art of War and Chinese military thought are essentially coterminous. -- David A. Graff Journal of Military History A valuable contribution to the field of Chinese military history. -- Kai Filipiak Monumenta Serica