The Resource War! What is it good for? : conflict and the progress of civilization from primates to robots, Ian Morris

War! What is it good for? : conflict and the progress of civilization from primates to robots, Ian Morris

Label
War! What is it good for? : conflict and the progress of civilization from primates to robots
Title
War! What is it good for?
Title remainder
conflict and the progress of civilization from primates to robots
Statement of responsibility
Ian Morris
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"A powerful and provocative exploration of how war has changed our society--for the better "War! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing," says the famous song--but archaeology, history, and biology show that war in fact has been good for something. Surprising as it sounds, war has made humanity safer and richer. In War! What Is It Good For? the renowned historian and archaeologist Ian Morris tells the gruesome, gripping story of fifteen thousand years of war, going behind the battles and brutality to reveal what war has really done to and for the world. Stone Age people lived in small, feuding societies and stood a one-in-ten or even one-in-five chance of dying violently. In the twentieth century, by contrast--despite two world wars, Hiroshima, and the Holocaust--fewer than one person in a hundred died violently. The explanation: war, and war alone, has created bigger, more complex societies, ruled by governments that have stamped out internal violence. Strangely enough, killing has made the world safer, and the safety it has produced has allowed people to make the world richer too. War has been history's greatest paradox, but this searching study of fifteen centuries of violence suggests that the next half century is going to be the most dangerous of all time. If we can survive it, the age-old dream of ending war may yet come to pass. But, Morris argues, only if we understand what war has been good for can we know where it will take us next"--
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Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
303.6/6
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
CB481
LC item number
.M67 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Target audience
adult
Label
War! What is it good for? : conflict and the progress of civilization from primates to robots, Ian Morris
Link
http://www.netread.com/jcusers2/bk1388/002/9780374286002/image/lgcover.9780374286002.jpg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 433-471) and index
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  • Crandall Public Library (Glens Falls)
  • Niskayuna Branch - Schenectady County Public Libra
  • Saratoga Springs Public Library
  • Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xi, 495 pages
Isbn
9780374286002
Lccn
2013038722
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
SALSBT
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
1083693
System control number
  • (DLC) 2013038722
  • 1067368

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