In this truly global study, major military historian Azar Gat sets out to unravel the ” riddle of war” throughout human history, from the early hunter-gatherers right. In this sweeping study of war and civilization, Azar Gat sets out to find definitive answers to these questions in an attempt to unravel the riddle of war throughout. Azar Gat is a good example. In his pathbreaking War in Human Civilization ( Oxford UP, ), he explains in politically palatable and.

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Mar 21, Stephen Gill rated it it was amazing. Humans pursue wealth or political power, for instance, ultimately because they consciously or unconsciously want to secure access to food and reproduction.

Gat shows how key azzr in human cultural evolution, such as agriculture, states, and industrial production, transformed the ways those societies fought. Jarno rated it it was amazing Feb 10, One of his greatest strengths is his ability to break down false dichotomies that have obscured debates about the motivations behind human violence.

Affecting both mortality and reproduction the latter through human sexual appetite and women’s fertilityit constantly, in varying degrees, trimmed down their numbers, acting in combination with disease.

Tribal Warfare in Agraria and Pastoralia Gat definitively unravels the riddle of civilization and war.

Both its scope and scale are impressive as is the wide range of sources and disciplines whose theories and methods are brought to bear on the ‘riddle’ of war The examination of hunter-gatherers is especially crucial in establishing his thesis.


Azar Gat started his career focusing on military history and strategy, exemplified in his book The Origins of Military Thought from the Enlightenment to Clausewitza book frequently cited especially in relation to Carl von Clausewitz. Very clear, well written, and thoughtful book on the use of violence through out human history. This book has an interesting idea, that war is the biggest force in human kn transition, it provides detail evidence since the first Homo 2 million years ago to nuclear war and biological weapon.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Along with Steven Pinker and others, Gat argues that war is in decline in today’s world. Written with remarkable verve and clarity and wholly free from jargon, it will be of interest to anyone who has ever pondered the puzzle of war.

I’m sure this book has made wide circulation among scholarly circles. Books by Azar Gat.

War in Human Civilization

Ricardo Lopes rated it it was amazing Aug 21, Vakili Kaveh rated it really liked it Jan 10, cibilization This is a massive and fatiguing book to read.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Over the years he has broadened civilizatino scope to include causes, especially the prehistoric causes of war. In this vein, he concludes that the frequency and relative lethality of wars has declined in the past few centuries not just because of democratization and shifting values, but because the incentives for using war have lessened under modern civilizational conditions.

The coverage and the deft weaving together of so many central theories on human behavior make this a book worth examining. Academic Skip to main content. And what of war today–is it a declining phenomenon or simply changing its shape? You’ll find that in the beginning chapters he draws mostly on evolutionary theory, anthropology, and archaeology agt in the civilizattion chapters he pulls heavily from international relations, political science, and sociology to explain political developments.


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War in Human Civilization by Azar Gat

How does war relate to the other fundamental developments in the history of human civilization? On in the First Two Million Years: In his pathbreaking War in Human Civilization Oxford UP,he explains in politically palatable and empirically convincing terms just why, evolutionarily speaking, our evolved natures guided the way we have fought over the pastyears.

Aug 29, Anjar Priandoyo rated it really liked it Shelves: Changing Worlds David W. He does has a tendency to repeat himself throughout the various chapters and section introductions and conclusions.

Why Democracy won in the 20th Century and How it is Still ImperiledZzar argues that the world gst been becoming steadily more peaceful for thousands of years. Gat’s analysis is biocultural: Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. He posits that human beings will be more or less violent based on the utility of violence in achieving basic evolutionary goals in different civilizational conditions. Unravelling the Riddle of War Endnotes Index.