Warless Societies and the Origin of War

ISBN-10: 0472067389
ISBN-13: 9780472067381
Edition: 2000
Authors: Raymond C. Kelly
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Book details

List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 11/7/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Warless Societies and the Origin of War employs a comparative ethnographic analysis of warless and warlike hunting and gathering societies to isolate distinctive features of peaceful preagricultural people and to develop a theoretical model of the origin of war and the early coevolution of war and society. Examining key Upper Paleolithic cave paintings and burials that document lethal violence, Raymond Kelly's illumination of the transition from warlessness to warfare in several specific locales in Europe and the Middle East confounds understandings of the origin of war prevalent today. Kelly addresses fundamental questions concerning the trinity of interrelationship between human nature, war, and the constitution of society: Is war a primordial and pervasive feature of human existence or a set of practices that arose at a certain time in our recent prehistoric past? Are there peaceful societies in which war is absent and, if so, what are they like and how do they differ from warlike societies? Do the critical differentiating features pertain to child-rearing practices, to modes of conflict resolution, to social and economic inequality, to resource competition, or to the constitution of social groups? As the conclusions of such an inquiry are central to our conceptions of human nature, the book will interest a wide range of readers, from those curious about the origins of collective violence to those studying the roles social institutions play in society. Raymond C. Kelly is Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan.

Preface
Introduction
The Category of Peaceful Societies
Warless and Warlike Hunter-Gatherers: A Comparison
The Origin of War: A Transitional Case
The Early Coevolution of War and Society
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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