AZAR GAT WAR IN HUMAN CIVILIZATION PDF

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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. In certain circumstances, we are psychologically inclined to use it; in others, not. In this way we are no different than many of our fellow species, the primates in particular. Of course, unlike them, our use of collective violence has an extra-genetic history.

Azar does a masterful job of describing and explaining how, even while our nature has remained the same, the way we fight has changed. And here the news is good: believe it or not, we—humanity as a whole—have been becoming more peaceful over the past 10, years, and radically more peaceful at least in the developed world over the past years.

Azar can explain this too, and does in the interview. Advanced Search. All rights reserved. Skip to main content Iowa Research Online. New Books in History. Abstract Historians don't generally like the idea of "human nature". Enter search terms:. Digital Commons.

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War in Human Civilization

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.

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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?

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