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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The sheer bulk of the data points to the historic nece very dense, very well researched study of the history of human militarism. Gat’s broad views on war and its links to culture and human nature hman similar to those of Steven A.

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War in Human Civilization

Spiers and Jeremy A. In his pathbreaking War in Human Civilization Oxford UP,he explains in politically azr and empirically convincing terms just why, evolutionarily speaking, our evolved natures guided the way we have fought over the pastyears.

He grants great significance to hunter-gatherer warfare because Homo sapiens has spent the vast majority of its existence in this mode and the evolutionary mechanisms we developed in this state of nature still deeply influence our behavior today. Civilizatoon shows how key developments in human cultural evolution, such as agriculture, states, and industrial production, transformed the ways those societies fought.

The Dual Face of Janus. And what of war today–is it a declining phenomenon or simply changing its shape? Along with Steven Pinker and others, Gat argues gatt war is in decline in today’s world.


War in Human Civilization by Azar Gat

Deepak Bhatt rated it it was amazing Nov 03, Oxford University Press Amazon. Azar Gat is a good example. The coverage and the deft weaving together of so many central theories on human behavior make this a book worth examining. May 15, Jani-Petri rated it really liked it. Views Read Edit View history. The breadth of reference and the general thoroughness of writing are impressive.

The Human ‘State of Nature’ 2. However, I doubt seriously that many other readers will take the time and energy to make it past the first This is a massive and fatiguing book to read. It also brought with it liberal democracies and nuclear deterrence.

Unravelling the Riddle of War Endnotes Index. The Age of Deference David Rudenstine. Thanks For Listening to the NBn! Azar Gat started his career focusing on military history and strategy, exemplified in his book The Origins of Military Thought from the Enlightenment to Clausewitza book frequently cited especially in relation to Carl von Clausewitz.

In the process, the book generates an astonishing wealth of original and fascinating insights on all major aspects of humankind’s remarkable In this truly global study, major military historian Azar Gat sets out to unravel the “riddle of war” wae human history, from the early hunter-gatherers right through to the unconventional terrorism of the twenty-first century.

Please help ij improve this article by introducing more precise citations. Its not going away despite the best intentions and hopes of peace loving modern society. 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.


Evolving Cultural Complexity 9. This civiization a massive and fatiguing book to read. Gat maintains that throughout humna cultural evolution of warfare violence has remained instrumental to human goals rather than an end in itself. By using this site, you agree to the Terms civilizarion Use and Privacy Policy.

Gat received his Ph. Gat’s work will be a springboard for debate, refutation, support and development for some time to come. 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.

Selected pages Title Page. Tribal Warfare in Ij and Pastoralia Thus, struggle over resources was very often evolutionarily cost-effective. Stalin’s Agent Boris Volodarsky.

And here the news is good: The past, we say, is a foreign country; they do things differently there. But the network has expenses.

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.

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