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War Before Civilization by [Lawrence H. Keeley]

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Throughout much of this century the notion has been gaining ground, bolstered by genocide and Holocaust, that modern warfare is more barbaric than war has ever been. Alongside this view has grown a romantic impression that primitive cultures were, and are, more peaceful. Lawrence Keeley, an anthropologist at the University of Illinois, aims to dispel this inversion of the connotations of "civilization." He cites the historical evidence that humans have always been just as bloodthirsty as they are today, and that indeed in the days when death was less clinical it was often nastier. War, it seems, has always been with us. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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Lawrence H. Keeley is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. A graduate of Oxford University, he has contributed articles to Scientific American and Nature, and has appeared in documentaries that have run on PBS, The Discovery Channel, and The Learning Channel. He lives in Oak Park, Illinois with his wife and son.
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B005JC0PTK
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Oxford University Press; Illustrated edition (December 18, 1997)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ December 18, 1997
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 6661 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 377 pages
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