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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Why do ij 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 civilizagion 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.

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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.


Warfare in the First Two Million Years: Environment, Genes, and Culture 1. The Human ‘State of Nature’ 2. The Evolutionary Perspective 4. Food and Sex 5. How Was It Done? Fighting in the Evolutionary State of Nature Part 2: Agriculture, Civilization, and War 8.

Evolving Cultural Complexity 9. Tribal Warfare in Agraria and Pastoralia Armed Force in the Emergence of the State East, West, and huuman Steppe Unbound and Bound Prometheus: Machine Age War Unravelling the Riddle of War Endnotes Index.

He has published widely in the field of military strategy and thought, including A History of Military Thought: From the Enlightenment to the Cold War. Both its scope and scale are impressive as is the wide range of sources and disciplines whose theories and methods are brought to bear on the ‘riddle’ of war The coverage and the deft weaving together of so many central theories on human behavior make this a book worth examining.

Neilberg, Journal of Social History. Gat definitively unravels the riddle of civilization and war.

Thompson, The International History Review. Gat’s work will be a springboard for debate, refutation, support and development for some time to come. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.


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War in Human Civilization by Azar Gat

War in Human Civilization Azar Gat The first truly global study of the relationship between war and civilization Panoramic in its historical sweep, aar pre-history through to the twenty-first century. War in Human Civilization Azar Gat. Neilberg, Journal of Social History “A work of extraordinary scope and formidable erudition Lieber, Icvilization University “Gat’s book is a rich undertaking definitely well worth reading and pondering.

Thompson, The International History Review “The scope and sweep of Gat’s work is certainly unmatched in modern world history writings Spiers and Jeremy A.

War in Human Civilization

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