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2 - Journey to the West

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 November 2022

Peter Lorge
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Vanderbilt University, Tennessee
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The three earliest translators of Sunzi in the West – Father Amiot, Everard Calthrop, and Lionel Giles – all believed that the Chinese were fundamentally opposed to war, that Sunzi was a real person, and that his text was the paradigmatic expression of Chinese strategic thought. Samuel Griffith’s translation continued and spread this characterization into almost all of the scholarship on Chinese culture unopposed until the end of the twentieth century. Sunzi’s impact on Western strategic thought was limited before Griffith’s translation, something that has surprised many twentieth-century writers who found the Sunzi such an interesting book. Samuel Griffith tried and failed to find mentions of Sunzi in other European countries.

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Sun Tzu in the West
The Anglo-American Art of War
, pp. 44 - 62
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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  • Journey to the West
  • Peter Lorge, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee
  • Book: Sun Tzu in the West
  • Online publication: 03 November 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108902687.003
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  • Journey to the West
  • Peter Lorge, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee
  • Book: Sun Tzu in the West
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  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108902687.003
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  • Journey to the West
  • Peter Lorge, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee
  • Book: Sun Tzu in the West
  • Online publication: 03 November 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108902687.003
Available formats
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