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The Thirty-Six Stratagems by Peter Taylor

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15. Entice the tiger to leave its mountain lair

Never directly attack an opponent whose advantage is derived from its position. Instead lure him away from his position thus separating him from his source of strength.

When Liou Bang established the Han Dynasty10 he adopted the feudal system in which a general would be awarded land and title in direct proportion to his skill and success in battle. As a result all the generals possessed large territories and had large armies of their own. After a period of time Liou Bang began to worry if his now powerful generals would think about revolting in the future. Among them, Han Sin, who had gained the most through rewards from great battles, became the biggest threat to Liou Bang.

One of Liou Bang’s ...

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