In this truly global study, major military historian Azar Gat sets out to unravel the ” riddle of war” throughout human history, from the early hunter-gatherers right. In this sweeping 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. Azar Gat is a good example. In his pathbreaking War in Human Civilization ( Oxford UP, ), he explains in politically palatable and.

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Throughout the book Gat’s writing is precise and clear. During his discussion of hunter-gatherer warfare, Gat presents his thesis: Jun 06, Jeff rated it really liked it Shelves: Stalin’s Agent Boris Volodarsky.

War in Human Civilization

Agriculture, Civilization, and War 8. War Azar Gat War in Human Civilization is an excellent deep history of war that extends far back before civilization began and right up to the date of publication.

All our hosts are volunteers. So please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the NBN. It has a kind of “Freakonomics effect”, offering amazing insights. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. LeBlanc and Steven Pinker. These conditions include nuclear weapons, global trade, and reduced tie between force and wealth procurement in the industrialized world.

Humans are hard-wired through the calculus of survival and reproduction the unforgiving essence of natural selection to pursue an array of strategies to secure resources, women, and the survival of their species. In other words, peace has become profitable and therefore more common.


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The second step came with modernization and the industrial revolution, which led to economic growth and interdependence and a corresponding increase in affluence and standard of living. But the network has expenses. Affecting both mortality and reproduction the latter through human sexual appetite and women’s fertilityit constantly, in varying degrees, trimmed down their numbers, acting in civilizatio with disease.

Over the years he has broadened his scope to include causes, especially the prehistoric causes of war. For example, he shows how the development of gunpowder, ocean navigation, and the printing press in the 15th century triggered a tangle of interconnected developments that heralded the start of modernity: Thompson, The International History Review “The scope and sweep of Gat’s work is certainly unmatched in modern world history writings Gat’s broad views on war and its links to culture and human nature are similar to those of Steven A.

One of his greatest strengths is his ability to break down false dichotomies that civilizatio obscured debates about the motivations behind human violence.

In this way we are no different than many of our fellow species, the primates in particular. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Written with remarkable verve and clarity and wholly free from jargon, it will civilizagion of interest to anyone who has ever pondered the puzzle of war.

Refresh and try again. You can read my review here: However, the dawn of the Industrial Age has wrought amazing change A massive tome that cuts through all of human history, “combining biology, anthropology, archaeology, history, sociology, and political science – and ranging from the origins of our species to the current threat of terrorism. If our natures are fixed in some way, then what should we do to improve our lot?


Gat needs this expansive toolkit because his essential questions cross disciplinary lines and many of his topics cannot be accessed with only the standard methods of history and political science.

Azar Gat, “War in Human Civilization” (Oxford UP, ) |

Weighing in at pages it is definitely an azzar test to make it all the way through. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In this sweeping 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.

February Learn how and when to remove this template message. Should be required reading for any serious undergraduate or graduate-level course on war. Gat actually advances a fairly simple argument for why humans often resort to violence well, it seems simple and I hope I huan oversimplify his argument.

Cultural or Biological Determinist will not care for the reading, but War in Human Civilization as though there was another form of civilization is the best single volume history of war as a human enterprise available at this time. This page was last edited on 28 Juneat Want to Read saving….