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A Criminal History of Mankind

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Colin Wilson tells the story of human violence from Peking Man to the Mafia - taking into account the calculated sadism of the Assyrians, the opportunism of the Greek pirates, the brutality that made Rome the ‘razor king of the Mediterranean’, the mindless destruction of the Vandals, the mass slaughter of Genghis Khan, Tamurlane, Ivan the Terrible, Vlad the Impaler and mor ...more
Hardcover, 702 pages
Published May 28th 1984 by Putnam Publishing Group
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Raya  Ka'abneh
Jun 29, 2015 Raya Ka'abneh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

بعد قرائتي لما يربو عن 50 رواية للرائعة أغاثا كريستي، والواقع المرير الذي نعايشه كل يوم، وأخبار الجرائم التي تطالعنا كل صباح في الجرائد وعلى مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي.. طرحت على نفسي هذا السؤال الذي طرحه العديد من علماء النفس والجريمة قبلاً وهو:

"لماذا يُعد البشر الكائن الوحيد الذي يمكنه أن يقتل ويعذّب أفراداً آخرين من بني جنسه دون سبب؟"

وبحثت عن العديد من الكتب التي تخص هذا الموضوع، وقد وقع اختياري أخيراً على كتاب كولن ولسون هذا. وقد هالتني المقدمة عن تاريخ الإجرامي للجنس البشري، ابتداء من حضارة أش
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Emad Attili
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عندي شكوك بسيطة في مدى صحّة نسبة هذا الكتاب للكاتب كولن ولسون!
هنالك نقاط معينة أثارت شكوكي. بعض الأفكار والأطروحات لم تبدُ لي "وِلسونيّة" تماماً! وهذا ما جعلني أشكّ في الترجمة العربية.

الخلاصة كالتالي ،،

كولن ولسون كتب تقريبا ١١ كتاب متخصص في مواضيع الجريمة والعنف. منها كتابه الأشهر:
A Criminal History of Mankind
هذا الكتاب قد ترجمهُ رفعت السيد علي قديماً بعنوان: سيكولوجية العنف البشري. وهي ترجمة أمينة وجيدة لكتاب ولسون.
وقد يظن القارىء أن هذه الترجمة الحديثة التي أتحدث عنها هنا هي ترجمة أخرى لنفس
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عمر الحمادي
كتاب جيد في فهم سيكولوجية العنف الإنساني وأصول دوافعه...

الجريمة والعنف تأتي نتاج مواقف ذهنية سلبية والتي ترجع إلى الاختيارية في آلية الإدراك، وبمجرد أن يغلق الإنسان ذهنه إرادياً عن الواقع والوجود فإنه لا يرتبط بالواقع الخارجي إلا من خلال خيط واهٍ هو عبارة عن طلباته المُلحة، وكما يقول "جاردييف"، كثيرٌ من البشر يموتون قبل وقت طويل من موتهم الجسدي، يموتون وهم أحياء يتنفسون، يظلون يستجيبون للمؤثرات الخارجية مثلهم مثل طاحونة الهواء الهائلة المفرقعة والتي لا يسكنها إلا فأر ميت...

إن أسوء أنواع الجرائم
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فتحي سرور
أحد الكتب المحزنة بشدة،ليس لمحتواه-ليس بالنسبة لي على الأقل-بل لأن كاتبه أبدع في الجزء الصعب ثم أخفق في السهل فأنهار البناء.

فمن حيث المادة:الكتاب غني بمادة وافية نتيجة بحوث مطولة في الموضوع عبر سجلات الجرائم ونظريات علم النفس و الأبحاث العلمية و النفسية،أما من حيث الأسلوب:فدعوني أعلق بأختصار"دوخيني يا لمونة"...الأسلوب مهترأ و الكلام يتقاطع-بل و يتناقض-بشكل فج دون تدخل من الكاتب للتوضيح و أزالة الألتباس،ناهيك عن أن أسلوبه يتحول أحياناً من سئ لكارثي في بعض المواضع أهمها كلامه عن التنويم المغناطيسي
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Stevedutch
Jan 31, 2013 Stevedutch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again Colin Wilson has produced a brilliantly readable book, which takes the reader on a whistle-stop tour through the killing fields of history and, in the process, reminds us that we appear to be the only species in creation to derive pleasure from meting out pain and suffering on our fellow creatures. What is more, we have, it seems reasonable to claim, the uniquely human qualities of imagination and ingenuity to ensure that the cruelties we inflict on others reflect those qualities in t ...more
Ahmed
Apr 10, 2015 Ahmed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
عادة الكتب اللي تبقى في مواضيع أول مرة أقرا فيها بتاخد الخمس نجوم ، لأنها بتضيف كم كويس من المعلومات ، خاصة لو كانت مسلية في نفس الوقت .. فدا تقييم ذاتي مش أكتر
الكتاب ممتع بصورة كبيرة و إن كان الجزء اللي في الآخر على درجة من الملل
الكتاب مزيج من قصص الجرائم بأنواعها المختلفة و محاولات تفسيرها و التحليلات النفسية و الاجتماعية والتاريخ و أبحاث الحيوان و نظريات في التطور ، لطيف و يتقري عامة
Dena
This book covered so much on Roman history that I wasn't expecting, but it was a roaring good read! I need more Rome, baby. Those freaks really knew how to get down n dirtay.
Raegan Butcher
Apr 13, 2008 Raegan Butcher rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: college students
Titanic tome dealing with humanity's misdeeds from Ancient Greece to the present day.
Midnight Blue
Jun 21, 2017 Midnight Blue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not just a great book about the criminal history of mankind, but a great overview of world history in general--fascinating and well written.
Karrar Chaceb
Feb 23, 2017 Karrar Chaceb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
لماذا يرتكب البعض جريمة ؟؟؟

هذا هو محور الكتاب الذي يناقش الدوافع السايكولوجية للمجرم واسباب ارتكابه للجريمة والدوافع الاخرى التي تحفزه ،، هل تصدق ان هناك من يقتل لاجل التجربة فقط .. هل تعقل ان هناك من يقتل لانه اراد حيزا من الشهرة ... من اجمل ما قدم به ولسن كتابه هو ان افراد بعض الشعوب تخطط وتدقق وتترصد لتقتل ولكنه وصف الشعب الامريكي ان قرار القتل عنده هو وليد اللحظة !!!!!
الكتاب خفيف رغم معلوماته الكثيفة ولكنه حببها بامثلة كثيرة ...
قراءة ممتعة
Psipsipsi
Aug 07, 2011 Psipsipsi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book has several strands, not completely woven together. There is encyclopedic detail of documented crimes in the last two centuries. But who would read an encyclopedia from cover to cover?. And so I eventually skipped the long accounts, but may return to them for reference. There is a neuropsychological theory of criminality based on Sperry's split brain work, and an interesting theory of hypnosis. As far as I am aware his theories survive the new knowledge of the last 30 years. There is a ...more
Peter Sims
Mar 21, 2010 Peter Sims rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was by title alone one of the most interesting looking books in my dad's library and when I finally read it in my teenage years, I couldn't stop thinking about it. It's very densely packed with information and written engagingly enough that it avoids the "list of facts" syndrome many similar books produce. And re-reading it some eight years later, it still held up perfectly. One of my highest non-fiction recommendations and anyone remotely interested in criminology should pick this up.

Howe
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Qahtan Aljazrawi
May 14, 2016 Qahtan Aljazrawi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
التاريخ الاجرامي للجنس البشري

يغوص بِنَا الكاتب الى عالم علم النفس الاجرامي و يورد أمثلة زاخرة ، و يربط ربط مباشر ما بين تطور البشرية من جهة و بين عدائية البشر من جهة اخرى .
والكاتب من مناصرِ نظرية دارون صاحب كتاب أصل الأنواع والذي يرجع أصول البشر للقردة .
احدى اهم الأفكار التي وردت في طيات الكتاب هي اكتشاف السهم و القوس و التي نقلت إنسان نيادرتال من طور الصيد الجماعي الى طور الصيد الفردي و من ثم شكلت قفزة نوعية لمراحل التطور البشري اللاحقة.
Salma
Jul 18, 2015 Salma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب ممتع .. موضوعه شيق ذو اسلوب بحثى و مجمع معلومات و نظريات كتير لكن الاهم ف نوعيته من الكتب انه قدر يحافظ على التشويق ومخلاش المعلومات النظريه تتحول لملل لغير المختص .. فيه بعض النقط حسيتها محتاجه بحث اكتر و تأكد قبل ما يبنى عليها نظرياته لكن بشكل عام مستوى الكتاب جيد
موضوع مهم و اتمنى يكون ف اختيارات قرايه وبحث كتير من الناس
Bryn Hammond
May 27, 2014 Bryn Hammond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Old, outdated, and the man cannot know everything. But I went through my Colin Wilson phase and read these 700 pages with mental excitement. Big questions anyone?
James Castle
This book is really two books: a philosophical theory of criminality and a Western Civ 101 version of criminal history. The first section (or book) was heavy on theory and quite light on facts. I was somewhat intrigued by Wilson's gleanings from the field of criminal psychology, but he lost me completely when, in chapter 4, he started to seriously discuss such topics as telepathy and the influence of Earth's magnetic field on personality. I read on in disbelief when he suggested that Homer and M ...more
Nasma Hadid
يبدأ بسرد لعدد من الجرائم المختلفة، ثم ينتقل إلى محاولات تفسير الدوافع وراء قتل الانسان لأبناء جنسه، والبحث في تاريخ الجريمة.
شجعني هذا الكتاب على قراءة المزيد عن تاريخ آشور واسبارتا.

"عندما نسمع عن واقعة تتسم بالقسوة ينتابنا فورا الإحساس ان هنالك فارقا بيننا وبين ذلك الذي ارتكب فعلا قاسيا وان المشكلة بالضبط تكمن في افتقاد الاحساس بالرفقة الانسانية او الانتماء لنفس الجنس البشري
الا اننا نوقن ان الاحساس بالرفقة لا يشكل اي دافع لاستجابه طبيعية من احد أفراد الجنس البشري تجاه فرد بشرى اخر فذاك الاحس
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Marie Tovaas
Feb 21, 2017 Marie Tovaas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never will be out of date

This was not what I expected. It starts out as a catalogue of criminals and crimes, but then Wilson opens his view to include the whole of human history so that the reader can, as he has, see the entire picture of human development. The concept of "the Right Man", who seems so in control, but who completely loses it when insulted, or when he thinks he has been insulted, or blocked in some way, and who becomes a slavering beast, an out of control monster whose revenge is
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Raeda Nairoukh
May 18, 2016 Raeda Nairoukh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كولن ولسون يخلص في كتابه الى ان الجريمة ( ابنة الحضارة و التقدم و ضريبتها) وكلما ازددنا تقدما ؛ارتفعت نسبة الاجرام مستدلا بقياس نسبة انتشار الجريمة ونوعيتها ،مقارنة مع تطور الجنس البشري عبر التاريخ ، كما ويعرض لنظرية هرم ماسلو للاحتياجات الانسانية( قاعدة الهرم الحاجات الفسيولوجية من اكل و شرب، ومن ثم حاجته للسكن و الانتماء وحاجته للجنس وحاجته للتقدير وفي قمة الهرم حاجة الانسان لتحقيق الذات)
ويرى ان الجرائم عبر التاريخ تتوافق مع ترتيب حاجات الانسان وفق هرم ماسلو، ففي البدء كان القتل لتأمين المأكل
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Caroline
This is a truly fascinating exploration of the violence inherent in mankind, its history and evolution, and why mankind out of all creatures is so prone to violence.

Every age is prone to its own particular brand of violence, and Wilson argues that can roughly be mapped out according to Maslow's hierachy of needs: that, for example, when mankind's primary concern was finding food, most acts of crime and violence were connected to obtaining food and water, i.e. robbery. When food was no longer a p
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Andrea Ta-wil
Dec 07, 2013 Andrea Ta-wil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book from the now defunct "Cats Meow" in Ann Arbor, MI as an undergrad. The cover was all scuffed up, so they knocked it down to $10 from $14 or something like that. (view spoiler) ...more
Mai
As someone with colin's knowledge i thought he would know the real truth and the correct information
But as in the informations about muslims , first shiites muslims are not who believe that ali bin abu taleb should be caliph instead of abu baker
They believe that ali is better than prophet muhammad peace be upon him, they despise and hate caliph omar bin al khattab and prophets wife aisha
They have different beliefs in Islam than sunnah muslims "and sunnah means those who follow the correct path
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Murray Brown
This book really deserves no more than 3.5 stars but the subject matter is fascinating enough for it to be distinguished. It gives an account of trends in criminality throughout history, attributing sociological forces shaped by an evolving psychology in humankind. Although there were many profound insights into human nature and motivations towards crime and how societal influences manifested changes in individual behaviours over time, I was often left dissatisfied with the causal analysis, whic ...more
Ann M
Interesting, so far. He relates crimes to Maslow's hierarchy of needs: there are subsistence crimes (stealing food), security crimes (killing family rivals), sex crimes, self esteem crimes, and finally, crime as self-expression. He discusses the why of crime, a childish shortcut to a guarantee of fame, and the overlaps among the categories.

Then he goes on to discuss evolution, and there are quite a few howlers (pain, not laughter), sexist, racist, among the interesting ideas in this book. He so
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Meaghan
When Wilson says he's writing a history of mankind, he's not kidding! This book covers the full sweep of human history from before Homo sapiens to the 1970s. (I have the first edition, published in 1980.) It encompasses not only true crime but gobs of history, sociology, psychology and philosophy, and alludes to many and various classic books and essays. It must have taken Wilson years to research this thing. If you've a mind for an ambitious reading project (700 pages), this book is as good as ...more
Paul Marin
The book is a bit of a slog, but the author's segues are so smooth that if you're not paying close attention you'll find yourself reading about another aspect of criminality completely different from what was read a few paragraphs before. The book is largely a general history book going from Greek times to the last few hundred years, then the author goes into more detail about man's criminality.

If you like history, you'll probably like this book. If you don't, it will absolutely bore you.
Marlene
Nov 02, 2015 Marlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب شيق جدا يصعب على القارئ تركه بسهوله يخرج منه بمجموعه استنتاجات غريبه او ربما مفاجئه منها مثلا ان العنف هو طبيعه اصيله في الانسان وان الدافع الواسع لاي جريمه هو خلق عالم افضل من منظور فاعلها
بنظري ان الجريمه هي الفجوة التي تحدث بين تصور المجرم للعالم المثالي في منظوره وبين الواقع الذي يعيش فيه بالاضافه الى عدم قدرته بالتحكم والسيطره على نفسهمن جهة وعلى التفاصيل المحيطه به من جهة اخرى ..
كتاب انصح به بشده لمن يرغب ان يخرج من رومانسيه التصورات التي يروج لها البعض .. افكاره مختلفه .. هو ذلك النو
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Goran Ovčariček
Feb 15, 2016 Goran Ovčariček rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a formative book, one that isn't without it's flaws, but it certainly was a necessary step to form today's knowledge on human criminality, the development of human brain and the insight into human struggle to overcome his/hers desires. The author is surprisingly open to all kinds of influences and his ratio most of the time manages to curb any premature judgments. The book itself is a great practice in rational thought.
Foundinbooks
Dec 10, 2010 Foundinbooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ups:

+ highly informative, very well documented
+ very wide time frame, human crime history is covered from Ancient times to the present day
+ I had tons of "I didn't know that" moments reading it
+ versatile crime analysis perspective: psychological, social, evolutionary, historical, religious

downs:

- I would have liked a bit more information on 19th - 20th century crime


= quite a long read, 700+ pages
Rogerpasqua
Jan 19, 2015 Rogerpasqua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book although a bit outdated since it was written some 30 years ago. Wilson's encyclopedic take on the matter and kinetick prose makes this book thoroughly enjoyable. The only thing I missed was a more in depth take on Torquemada and the spanish inquisition. Besides that, it is a must read for those fascinated with the subject.
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Colin Henry Wilson was born and raised in Leicester, England, U.K. He left school at 16, worked in factories and various occupations, and read in his spare time. When Wilson was 24, Gollancz published The Outsider (1956) which examines the role of the social 'outsider' in seminal works of various key literary and cultural figures. These include Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway, Her ...more
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