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War before civilization

Author: Lawrence H Keeley
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
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"For the last fifty years, most popular and scholarly works have agreed that prehistoric warfare was rare, harmless, and unimportant. Lawrence Keeley's ... [book] offers a devastating rebuttal to such comfortable myths and debunks the notions that warfare was introduced to primitive societies through contact with civilization ... Building on ... archeological and historical research and offering ... [a] comparison  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence H Keeley
ISBN: 0195119126 9780195119121
OCLC Number: 50900507
Description: xiv, 245 pages, [4] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: The pacified past : the anthropology of war --
The dogs of war : the prevalence and importance of war --
Policy by other means : tactics and weapons --
Imitating the tiger : forms of combat --
A skulking way of war : primitive warriors versus civilized soldiers --
The harvest of Mars : the casualties of war --
To the victor : the profits and losses of primitive war --
Crying havoc : the question of causes --
Bad neighborhoods : the contexts for war --
Naked, poor, and mangled peace : its desirability and fragility --
Beating swords into metaphors : the roots of the pacified past --
A trout in the milk : discussion and conclusions.
Responsibility: Lawrence H. Keeley.

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Offering a devastating rebuttal to the comfortable myth that prehistoric warfare was rare, harmless, and unimportant, Lawrence H. Keeley's groundbreaking "War Before Civilization" debunks the notion  Read more...

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A sobering, grim, and important book. * Foreign Affairs * ...Keeley is an engaging writer who provides excellent summaries on many topics. * American Anthropologist * The evidence that Mr. Keeley Read more...

 
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