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Why do people go to war? Is it rooted in human nature or is it a late cultural invention? How does war relate to the other fundamental developments in the history of human civilization?
And what of war today - is it a declining phenomenon or simply changing its shape? In this truly global study of war and civilization, Azar Gat sets out to find definitive answers to these questions in an attempt to unravel the 'riddle of war' throughout human history, from the early hunter-gatherers right through to the unconventional terrorism of the twenty-first century.
In the process, the book generates an astonishing wealth of original and fascinating insights on all major aspects of humankind's remarkable journey through the ages, engaging a wide range of disciplines, from anthropology and evolutionary psychology to sociology and political science.
Written with remarkable verve and clarity and wholly free from jargon, it will be of interest to anyone who has ever pondered the puzzle of war. An immensely ambitious work covering not only history but archaeology, anthropology, ethnography, demography and economics, to name but a few If only there were more scholars like this! There's any amount of fascinating insight to be found in this big and enormously ambitious interdisciplinary study. A book of extraordinary ambition, erudition and range Every student of war will be obliged to engage with this remarkable piece of scholarship.
A work of extraordinary scope and formidable erudition Gat definitively unravels the riddle of civilization and war. Lieber, Georgetown University. A towering and triumphant achievement Gat is at the top of his brilliant form, linking a variety of disciplines in a rich and comprehensive study of this most pertinent of issues.
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Please contact our Customer Service Team if you have any questions. To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. Commemorating World War I. War in Human Civilization Azar Gat The riddle of war - and how to unravel it The first truly global study of the relationship between war and civilization Panoramic in its historical sweep, from pre-history through to the twenty-first century.
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War in Human Civilization
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Historians don't generally like the idea of "human nature". We tend to believe that people are intrinsically malleable, that they have no innate "drives," "instincts," or "motivations. The past, we say, is a foreign country; they do things differently there. If our natures are fixed in some way, then what should we do to improve our lot? When the first modern challenge was issued—by the Sociobiologists of the s—they had the latter I would say , but not the former. Azar Gat is a good example. In his pathbreaking War in Human Civilization Oxford UP, , he explains in politically palatable and empirically convincing terms just why, evolutionarily speaking, our evolved natures guided the way we have fought over the past , years.