War Before Civilization

War Before Civilization - Lawrence H. Keeley, 1996, War...

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Lawrence H. Keeley, 1996, War Before Civilization, New York, NY: Oxford University Press. Archaeologist Keeley provides the first major, single-author, book-length synthesis of the anthropology of war in nearly 50 years, since H. Turney-High's Primitive War: Its Practice and Concepts (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1949). Keeley draws on evidence from archaeology, ethnography, ethnohistory, and history. Keeley's purpose is to expose and rebut the "pacification of the past" by liberal anthropologists by challenging a series of widespread myths about the supposedly peaceful nature of prehistoric and "primitive" societies prior to contact with Western civilization. (For Keeley, "primitive" means a society without writing, cities, state, and industry). In the process Keeley identifies many of the major problems and issues in the anthropological study of war: 1. temporal and spatial distribution of war (asserts universal, and more frequent in nonstate than state
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