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Wuji tanbing 戊笈談兵 "The Whole Book of Calculating Victory at Pacificiation"


The Wuji tanbing 戊笈談兵 "Whole book of calculating victory at pacificiation" is an encyclopedic treatise on military arts compiled by the Qing period 清 (1644-1911) scholar Wang Fu 汪紱 (1692-1759). It two parts are 10 juan "scrolls" long and contain 41 maps, 33 illustrations of the starry sky and the hexagrams, as well as 53 illustrations of battle arrays. The book is arranged in the very traditional segmentation of Heaven and time, Earth and topography, and Humans and harmony. Astronomy, astrology, weather and geography are dealt with from the aspect of military, and cover all areas of China, but centered on the Yellow River plain, Beijing, the lower Yangtze region, and Sichuan. The last section is a compilation of quotations from classical writings on military, like the Simafa 司馬法, Wuzi 吳子 and Sunzi bingfa 孫子兵法, covering topics like battle formations, weapons, the spirit of troops, and so on. The various battle formations are described in detail, with a discussion of their advantages and disadvantages.
There is a print from 1894, included in the collected works of Wang Fu, the Wang Shuangchi xiansheng congshu 汪雙池先生叢書.
The book has not been included in larger collectanea and is rarely available.


Source: Chen Bingcai 陳秉才 (1989). "Wuji tanbing 戊笈談兵", in: Zhongguo da baike quanshu 中國大百科全書, Junshi 軍事, vol. 2, p. 1085. Beijing/Shanghai: Zhongguo da baike quanshu chubanshe.
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