This chapter covers fundamental background on Sun Tzu and The Art of War. It provides you an understanding of the high-level historical context that will set the stage for the lessons you can apply to your small business.
Sun Tzu was a contemporary of Confucius. He is believed to have lived from 544 to 496 BC, near the end of the spring and autumn period, during tumultuous times in China. During this period of the weak Chou dynasty, China had more than 150 states continually competing for power. These states battled one another until only thirteen major ones remained. Of these, seven had far superior troops and resources. This era set the stage for the Warring States period that would follow.1