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Beyond war [electronic resource] : the human potential for peace / Douglas P. Fry.

Author/Creator:
Fry, Douglas P., 1953-
Publication:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford, 2007.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (352 p.)
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Subjects:
War.
Warfare, Prehistoric.
Peace -- Social aspects.
Ethnology.
Conflict management -- Social aspects.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
The classic opening scene of 2001, A Space Odyssey shows an ape-man wreaking havoc with humanity's first invention--a bone used as a weapon to kill a rival. It's an image that fits well with popular notions of our species as inherently violent, with the idea that humans are--and always have been--warlike by nature. But as Douglas P. Fry convincingly argues in Beyond War, the facts show that our ancient ancestors were not innately warlike--and neither are we. Fry points out that, for perhaps ninety-nine percent of our history, for well over a million years, humans lived in nomadic hunter-and-ga
Contents:
Charting a new direction
Do nonwarring societies actually exist?
Overlooked and underappreciated : the human potential for peace
Killer apes, cannibals, and coprolites : projecting mayhem onto the past
The earliest evidence of war
War and social organization : from Nomadic bands to modern states
Seeking justices : the quest for fairness
Man the warrior : fact or fantasy?
Insights from the Outback : Geneva Conventions in the Australian bush
Void if detached ... from reality : Australian "warriors," Yanomamo╠ł unokais, and lethal raiding psychology
Returning to the evidence : life in the band
Darwin got it right : sex differences in aggression
A new evolutionary perspective : the Nomadic forager model
Setting the record straight
A macroscopic anthropological view
Enhancing peace.
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [322]) and index.
ISBN:
0-19-988586-9
0-19-972505-5
1-281-16347-3
0-19-971881-4
1-4356-1722-3
OCLC:
476240207