Tuesday, 7 April 2009


Sun Tzu (traditional Chinese: 孫子; simplified Chinese: 孙子; pinyin: Sūn Zǐ, pronounced Soon-zuh. Sun is his family name, and Tzu (spelled Zi in Pinyin) is an honorific in classic Chinese, roughly equivalent to Sir, or the Learned Gentleman. Sun Tzu was born in 400 BC and died in 320 BC. His given name is Wu (pronounced Woo traditional Chinese 武), which means martial. His polite name (also called style name) is Changqing (pronounced Chung Ching). Sun Tzu is traditionally believed to be the author of The Art of War, sometimes called the Sun Tzu, an influential ancient Chinese book on military strategy considered to be a prime example of Taoist strategy. Sun has had a significant impact on Chinese and Asian history and culture, both as an author of the Art of War and as a legendary figure. During the 19th and 20th centuries, Sun's The Art of War grew in popularity and saw practical use in Western society, and his work has continued to influence both Asian and Western culture and politics.

Historians have questioned whether or not Sun was an authentic historical figure. Traditional accounts place him in the Spring and Autumn Period of China (722–481 BCE) as a heroic general of the King of Wu who lived c. 544—496 BCE. Scholars accepting his historicity place his writing of The Art of War in the Warring States Period (476–221 BCE), based on the descriptions of warfare in the text. Traditional accounts state that his descendant, Sun Bin, also wrote a master treatise on military tactics.
(wikipedia - thebigchange.com - www.stealingshare.com)