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Baihaozi binglei 白毫子兵壘 "The Soldier's Rampart of Master White Fuzz"


The Baihaozi binglei 白毫子兵壘 "Soldier's rampart of Master White Fuzz", also written 兵{罒/晶=罶}, is a military treatise written by the Ming period 明 (1368-1644) scholar Yin Bingshang 尹賓商 or Yin Shang 尹商, courtesy name Yin Yigeng 尹亦耕 (also written 夷耕) or Yin Yuhuang 尹于皇, style Baohaozi "Master of the White Fuzz". He lived during the Wanli reign 萬曆 (1573-1619) and died at the very end of the Ming period. Yin Shang came from Hanchuan 漢川 in modern Hubei and was a descendant of a eunuch family. His father Yin Yingyuan 尹應元 had been military commander of Ningxia 寧夏 and took also part in the construction of defense fortifications against coastal pirates, the so-called Wo 倭. Yin Shang was therefore very interested in military strategy. He had been magistrate (zhixian 知縣) of Qixian 祁縣 but soon retired and dedicated his life to authorship. His book Binglei is an excellent resummé of ancient military strategies and draws from many examples of history.

Source: Liu Qing 劉慶 (1996). "Baihaozi binglei 白毫子兵壘", in: Feng Kezheng 馮克正, Fu Qingsheng 傅慶升 (ed.), Zhuzi baijia da cidian 諸子百家大辭典, p. 224. Shenyang: Liaoning renmin chubanshe.

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