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Violence: A Very Short Introduction

Philip Dwyer

March 2022

ISBN: 9780198831730

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

Violence is part and parcel of both human history and nature. It is the one thing that all cultures and societies share in common. This book considers violence in the modern world, examining the ideas underpinning it, and the cultural context for violence over the last two centuries. It also asks if we are becoming more or less violent.

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Violence is part and parcel of both human history and nature. It is the one thing that all cultures and societies share in common. This book considers violence in the modern world, examining the ideas underpinning it, and the cultural context for violence over the last two centuries. It also asks if we are becoming more or less violent.

  • Examines one of the most important issues in the modern world
  • Contextualizes violence around the world over the last two centuries
  • Argues that violence is not in decline, and that that is a very western-centric view of the world
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Philip Dwyer, Director, Centre for the Study of Violence, The University of Newcastle

<b>Philip Dwyer</b> is Professor of History and the founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Violence at the University of Newcastle. He has published widely on the Revolutionary and Napoleonic eras, including a three-volume biography of Napoleon. He is the general editor of the four volume Cambridge World History of Violence (2020), and co-editor of the Cambridge History of the Napoleonic Wars (2021, with Michael Broers). He is currently engaged in writing a global history of violence, as well as a history of iconoclasm.

Table of Contents

    1:Thinking about violence
    2:How violent was the past?
    3:Intimate and gendered violence
    4:Interpersonal violence
    5:The sacred and the secular
    6:Collective violence
    7:Violence and the state
    8:The changing nature of violence
    References
    Further Reading
    Index