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The National Humiliation Narrative: Dealing with the Present by Fixating on the Past

In his speech announcing the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on October 1, 1949, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Chairman Mao Zedong famously proclaimed, “Ours will no longer be a nation subject to insult and humiliation. We have stood up.” With those words, Mao explained that a new era had begun for China under CCP leadership. To those unfamiliar with Chinese history, such a proclamation may seem confusing. Didn’t China have 5,000 years of a glorious and storied history? ...

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New Perspectives on the Sunzi (Sun Tzu) from Contemporary Chinese Military Writings

Since the publication of Samuel Griffith’s seminal English-language translation of The Art of War (Sunzi Bingfa; hereafter the Sunzi) in 1963, readers have been drawn to the text as a source of non-Western perspectives on strategy and warfare. Not only has it been the source of a thriving cottage industry for writers who creatively apply its precepts to nonmilitary domains, but Sunzi studies have become a staple of the US military’s strategic studies curricula. While the text is inarguably a...

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