War in Human Civilization

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OUP Oxford, Oct 12, 2006 - History - 840 pages
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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? In this truly global 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. 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.

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User Review  - Marcus - Goodreads

In a debate full of ideology and scholarly politics, this book manages to talk about war without the most common pitfalls and shortcomings. Maybe because it is project oriented (war) rather than part ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joseph Stieb - Goodreads

In War in Human Civilization, Azar Gat tackles two major questions about war. First, what are the essential reasons why humans fight wars? Second, how have the motivations, practices, and lethality of ... Read full review

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Azar Gat is Ezer Weitzman Professor of National Security in the Department of Political Science at Tel Aviv University. 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, also published by Oxford University Press, and has taught and lectured at Freiburg, Oxford, Yale, Ohio State, and Georgetown universities.

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