doi:10.3849/1802-7199

WHAT DID THUCYDIDES, SUN-TZU AND CLAUSEWITZ REALLY SAY?

The issue of contradictory interpretations in the context of military strategy

Samuel ŽILINČÍK, Ivo PIKNER, Jaroslav STANĚK

Classical strategic theorists constitute an important pillar of military strategy education, but their texts are often interpreted in contradictory ways. This article aims to draw attention to the problem of contrasting interpretations, focusing on the interpretations of Thucydides, Sun-Tzu and Clausewitz. The article surveys popular interpretations of these classics, identifies the main differences between them, and uses deductive logic to draw out the implications of this state of affairs for the study of military strategy.

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Keywords

Strategy; Thucydides; Sun-Tzu; Clausewitz; Interpretation.


Title in English:

WHAT DID THUCYDIDES, SUN-TZU AND CLAUSEWITZ REALLY SAY?
The issue of contradictory interpretations in the context of military strategy

Title in Slovak:

ČO VLASTNE THUKYDIDES, SUN-C’ A CLAUSEWITZ POVEDALI?
Problém kontrastných interpretácií v kontexte vojenskej stratégie

Type:

Article

Author(s):

Samuel ŽILINČÍK, Ivo PIKNER, Jaroslav STANĚK

Language:

Slovak

Abstract:

English/Slovak

Journal:

Obrana a strategie

Publisher:

University of Defence

ISSN:

1802-7199 (online)

DOI:

10.3849/1802-7199.22.2022.02.051-062

Issue:

Volume 22, Number 2 (December 2022)

Pages:

051-062

Received:

01.07.2022

Accepted:

14.10.2022

Published online:

16.12.2022

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