The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
Overview: Faced with the ceaseless stream of news about war, crime, and terrorism, one could easily think we live in the most violent age ever seen. Yet as New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows in this startling and engaging new work, just the opposite is true: violence has been diminishing for millennia and we may be living in the most peaceful time in our species' existence. For most of history, war, slavery, infanticide, child abuse, assassinations, pogroms, gruesome punishments, deadly quarrels, and genocide were ordinary features of life. But today, Pinker shows (with the help of more than a hundred graphs and maps) all these forms of violence have dwindled and are widely condemned. How has this happened? This groundbreaking book continues Pinker's exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly nonviolent world. The key, he explains, is to understand our intrinsic motives- the inner demons that incline us toward violence and the better angels that steer us away-and how changing circumstances have allowed our better angels to prevail. Exploding fatalist myths about humankind's inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious and provocative book is sure to be hotly debated in living rooms and the Pentagon alike, and will challenge and change the way we think about our society.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - AshRyan - LibraryThing
Historical perspective and statistical analysis shed new light on trends in violence Follow any major news media outlet (and most of the minor ones) and it's easy to get the impression that the world ... Read full review
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Society is not broken, and the world is less scarred by violence than at any time in history. It's not a jungle out there. In fact, we're all getting nicer and nicer, except perhaps in a few marginal ... Read full review
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Violence Around the World
Violence in These United States
Decivilization in the 1960s
Recivilization in the 1990s
THE HUMANITARIAN REVOLUTION
Is the Long Peace a Liberal Peace?
The Trajectory of War in the Rest of the World
The Trajectory of Genocide
The Trajectory of Terrorism
Where Angels Fear to Tread
THE RIGHTS REVOLUTIONs
Womens Rights and the Decline of Rape and Battering
Childrens Rights and the Decline of Infanticide Spanking
Violence Against Blasphemers Heretics
Despotism and Political Violence
Whence the Humanitarian Revolution?
The Rise of Empathy and the Regard for Human Life
Civilization and Enlightenment
Was the 20th Century Really the Worst?
The Timing of Wars
The Magnitude of Wars
The Trajectory of Great Power War
The Trajectory of European War
Three Currents in the Age of Sovereignty
Humanism and Totalitarianism in the Age of Ideology
Attitudes and Events
Is the Long Peace a Nuclear Peace?
Is the Long Peace a Democratic Peace?
Gay Rights the Decline of GayBashing and the Decriminalization
Whence the Rights Revolutions?
The Moralization Gap and the Myth of Pure Evil
Pure Evil Inner Demons and the Decline of Violence
on ANGELS WINGs
The Pacifists Dilemma
The Escalator of Reason