The Philosophy of Chinese Military Culture

Shih vs. Li

by Mott, William H., IV,

Drawing on ancient texts and modern interpretations, this work explores the foundations for war in China's strategic culture - Shih, Li, and Tao. Shih theory bases strategy on enemy intent, in contrast to Euro-American Li strategies based on forces. The work uses Shih theory to explain the anomalies that continue to perplex Euro-American observers in modern China's uses of force.
  • Palgrave Macmillan; April 2006
  • ISBN 9781403983138
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  • Title: The Philosophy of Chinese Military Culture
  • Author: Mott, William H., IV; Jae Chang Kim
  • Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan

About The Author

William H. Mott, IV teaches International Politics and Political Thought at Emerson College. Jae Chang Kim is co-chairman of the Council on Korea-US Security Studies.