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David G Jones

David G. Jones  B.A., M.A. is a retired government executive and university teacher and administrator. Among other achievements, he is a Fellow of the University of King's College and was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal. He also holds an officer's commission in the Canadian Army.

David brings to the task of sorting out just how China came into being by applying a range of multi-disciplinary talents.  He is a dogged researcher who accepts nothing without solid corroboration. He has a long history of research, analysis and writing and especially enjoys examining the veracity of stories that have been taken on faith for centuries - or as in this case - millennia.

In the case of China's founding, David sees the "official histories" often contaminated by myth and sometimes - outright fabrication. His first discovery concerned the hallowed "Art of War" by Sun Tzu. He says it's really not at all about managing war, but rather about avoiding war. David insists that book was written by a team of scholars just before the founding of China, and was the methodology that helped found the empire. This of course flies in the face of the commentary that puts the work three to four hundred years before that, and written by an army general.

David's additional findings are concerned with the character and achievements of the first emperor Qin Shi Huang, and why his empire collapsed. He is quite certain that the facts and fiction he has uncovered are not taught in China's schools. As a result, Qin Shi Huang is remembered as a paranoid tyrant who destroyed rival states to found his empire, buried scholars, burned books and put hundreds of thousands of peasants to work building the Great Wall. None of that is true. But he remains hopeful. Davis hopes he lives long enough to see Qin Shi Huang's mausoleum opened, as he's confident his theories will then be vindicated.

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David G. Jones’ book is  The School of Sun Tzu: Winning Empires without War . It is available from  iUniverse.   

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Penglai, depiction of one of the mythical islands ( Public Domain ), and Qin Shi Huang in a 19th century portrait ( Public Domain );Deriv.

Management Practices Of The School Of Sun Tzu

Sun Tzu's Art of War was, one is told, written by an ancient Chinese soldier - except there is no evidence that there ever was a General Sun Tzu. In general, the commentary on Art of War just guesses...
The Feast of Attila by Ede Heinrich (1863) (Public Domain)

Attila The Great, Reviled as a ‘Barbarian’

Qin Shi Huang , first emperor of China and Genghis Khan have received what one might call a ‘bad rap’. They were of far greater honor and integrity than history has reported, and their achievements...
The former temporary palace of Genghis Khan in Fengning County, Hebei, China.

Disputed ‘Barbarians’: Genghis Khan and Qin Shi Huang

Some years ago somebody is reported to have said: "The victors write the histories”. Though this chestnut has no attribution, it nevertheless appears in many works including school textbooks. Whether...
Terra Cotta Soldiers (CC BY 2.0), and Qin Shi Huang in a 19th century portrait (Public Domain);Deriv.

The King Who Made War Illegal! Challenging the Official History of The Art of War and the Terra Cotta Army–Part II

Qin Shi Huang was the first emperor of a unified China. His remarkable success in ending 200 years of war and founding the empire through peaceful means had followed a methodology fully articulated...
Penglai, depiction of one of the mythical islands (Public Domain), and Qin Shi Huang in a 19th century portrait (Public Domain);Deriv.

The King Who Made War Illegal! Challenging the Official History of The Art of War and the First Emperor –Part I

There are two great mysteries about the life of Qin Shi Huang, First Emperor of China—and a grand conspiracy. And these tightly related events are of profound significance extending way beyond the...