War! What Is It Good For?: Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots by Ian MorrisA 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 beyond 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 historys greatest paradox, but this searching study of fifteen thousand years 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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Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. French troops wear an early form of gas mask in the trenches during the 2nd Battle of Ypres in Story highlights Since , U. What is it good for? In the Stone Age, humans were a rough lot. When people 10, years ago disagreed, they usually solved their arguments without violence; but when they did decide to use force, they faced far fewer constraints than the citizens of functioning modern states.
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By Robert D. Some of the most terrifying moments of my life have been in the midst of conflict: with American marines in Fallujah in and with armed bands in Sierra Leone in I stood next to mounds of dead Iranian soldiers, teenagers actually, during the Iran-Iraq War in The horror of war is a reality I have experienced firsthand. And yet an analyst must never give in to his or her emotions. He or she must view history with a heart of ice to find patterns that others miss. This is what Stanford classics professor Ian Morris does in his new book, War!