Beyond War The Human Potential for Peace

ISBN-10: 019538461X
ISBN-13: 9780195384611
Edition: 2009
Authors: Douglas P. Fry
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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/10/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

A profoundly heartening view of human nature, Beyond War offers a hopeful prognosis for a future without war. Douglas P. Fry convincingly argues that our ancient ancestors were not innately warlike--and neither are we. He points out that, for perhaps ninety-nine percent of our history, for well over a million years, humans lived in nomadic hunter-and-gatherer groups, egalitarian bands where warfare was a rarity. Drawing on archaeology and fascinating recent fieldwork on hunter-gatherer bands from around the world, Fry debunks the idea that war is ancient and inevitable. For instance, among Aboriginal Australians, warfare was an extreme anomaly. Fry also points out that even today, when war seems ever present, the vast majority of us live peaceful, nonviolent lives. We are not as warlike as we think, and if we can learn from our ancestors, we may be able to move beyond war to provide real justice and security for the world.

Douglas P. Fry teaches in the Faculty of Social and Caring Sciences at Abo Akademi University in Finland and is an adjunct research scientist in the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology at the University of Arizona. A renowned anthropologist and a leading authority on aggression, conflict, and conflict resolution, he has worked in this field for over twenty-five years and has published many articles and books on this subject.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
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 Justice: 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," Yanomam� 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
Organizations to Contact
Nonwarring Societies
Notes
Suggested Reading
Index

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