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The Thirty-Six Stratagems by Peter Taylor

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Introduction

The Thirty-Six Stratagems is a Chinese essay used to illustrate a series of stratagems used in politics and in war, as well as in civilian life, often through unorthodox means. Approximately 300 years ago, either towards the end of the Ming or the beginning of the Qing Dynasties, an unknown scholar compiled these 36 military stratagems. One of the things that makes this classic unique and strangely seductive is its use of deception throughout.

The use of the word ‘stratagem’ needs to be understood, this is not a ‘strategy’ (being a long-term plan or outline of activity over a period of time) but something that can be considered a plan, scheme, or trick for surprising or deceiving an enemy or in fact any ruse, or trick devised or ...

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