Journals Higher Education



Published: 16 February 2007

352 Pages | 16 halftones, 4 line illus.

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195309485

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Beyond War

The Human Potential for Peace

Douglas P. Fry

Popular notions hold that our species is inherently violent, 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-gatherer groups, egalitarian bands where generosity was highly valued and warfare was a rarity. Drawing on archaeology and fascinating fieldwork on hunter-gatherer bands from around the world, Fry debunks the idea that war is ancient and inevitable.

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