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  •  Clausewitz was borrowing from Sun Tzu (0+ / 0-)

    as I remember it but then again not my area of expertise.

    •  I don't think Clausewitz had heard of Sun Tzu (1+ / 0-)
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      Clausewitz died in the early 19th century, when the study of Chinese history & culture was in its infancy in the West. He may have heard of Confucius, but that's about the extent of educated Western knowledge about China in his lifetime.

      I doubt that Sun Tzu had said this (I'll have to check my copy when I get home), but if he did both of those writers thought of this maxim independently. (Which does happen.)

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