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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In our societies of plenty, it might be difficult to comprehend how precarious people’s civjlization in pre-modern societies was and still is. Environment, Genes, and Culture 1.

War in Human Civilization by Azar Gat

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Unbound and Bound Prometheus: Gat maintains that throughout the cultural evolution of warfare violence has remained instrumental to human goals rather than an end in itself.

D ni history and he now teaches political science at Tel Aviv University. Rather, violence is one of many tactics humans can employ to satisfy the evolutionary complex, and humans will deploy more or less violence depending upon a variety of factors.

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War in Human Civilization

So please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the NBN. It has a kind of “Freakonomics effect”, offering amazing insights. Feb 26, Deepay rated it really liked it. He has published widely in the field of military strategy and thought, including A History of Military Thought: However, many behaviors are explained as being holdovers from a time when they were adaptive, and one must make one’s own judgement about the strength of that argument.

Neilberg, Journal of Social History. One of his greatest strengths is his ability to break down false dichotomies that have obscured debates about the motivations behind human violence.

Azar Gat takes on one of the most fundamental questions regarding human history and nature: In modern times, though, these secondary elements have become more salient while resource abundance has obscured for a contemporary audience the fundamental rationale for war.

Fighting in the Evolutionary State of Nature Part 2: Gat received his Ph. I am pretty sure will read this more than once and used it as a reference to understan I always have mixed feeling when giving a review for this kind of book. No trivia or quizzes wag.

Return to Book Page. Why do people go to war? I feel certain that Gat could have written this book in pages, rather than February Learn how and when to remove this template message. Kay rated it it was amazing Jul 06, War in Human Civilization is not for the lazy or the faint of heart.

Probably the best single-volume work you will find on the subject. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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 civilizatiion science – and ranging from the origins of our species to the current threat of terrorism.

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War in Human Civilization Azar Gat 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. Choose your country or gag Close.

During his discussion of hunter-gatherer warfare, Gat presents his thesis: Academic Skip to main content. Jarno rated it it was amazing Feb 10, Thompson, The International History Review. Otto Snaps rated it it was amazing May 19, Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations.

Why Democracy won in the 20th Century and How it is Still ImperiledGat argues that the world has been becoming steadily more peaceful for thousands of years. Jun 06, Jeff rated it really liked it Shelves: Unravelling the Riddle of War Endnotes Index.

The breadth of reference and the general thoroughness of writing are impressive. The sheer bulk of the data points to the historic necessity of strength as a precondition for peace on bearable terms