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The Origins of War

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Stretching across continents and centuries, The Origins of War: Violence in Prehistory provides a fascinating examination of executions, torture, ritual sacrifices, and other acts of violence committed in the prehistoric world.

Written as an accessible guide to the nature of life in prehistory and to the underpinnings of human violence.

Combines symbolic interpretations of
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Paperback, 296 pages
Published December 27th 2004 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published 2001)
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Rebecca
May 18, 2014 Rebecca rated it it was ok
In this book we are taught that the prehistoric (pre-Indoeuropean)man could be violent and didn't live in a peaceful paradise. We are also taught that some of the morals of today didn't apply back then - for example is cannibalism not something that necessarily was a problem for people back at the dawn of (pre-)civilisation (or later). These facts are not only presented but repeated. Over and over again. (we get it - most of us had gotten that before we picked up this book)

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David
An excellent, though occasionally dry, read covering the origins of organized violence and war in the human species. The approach, though biocultural, falls closer to evolution and biology than to the cultural determinist model.

Because of this, it is more convincing than are the cultural determinist models of human violence.

Recommended for those attempting to make sense of organized human violence...fun for the whole family.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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