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The Anthropology of War : School of American Research Advanced Seminar - Jonathan Haas

The Anthropology of War

School of American Research Advanced Seminar

By: Jonathan Haas (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 27th July 1990
ISBN: 9780521380423
Number Of Pages: 260

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The book brings together a group of authors who are addressing the nature and causes of warfare in simpler, tribal societies. The authors represent a range of different opinions about why humans engage in warfare, why wars start, and the role of war in human evolution. Warfare in cultures from several different world areas is considered, ranging over the Amazon, the Caribbean, the Andes, the Southwestern United States, Southeast Asia, Polynesia, and Malaysia. To explain the origins and maintenance of war in tribal societies, different authors appeal to a broad spectrum of demographic, environmental, historical and biological variables. Competing explanatory models of warfare are presented head to head, with overlapping bodies of data offered in support of each.

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'... this stimulating collection of views ... contributes a great deal to our understanding of how and why peoeple insult, attack, wound or kill each other, as well as the economic, political and ideological imperatives that are at work.' New Scientist

List of contributors
Conference overview
Explaining war
Motivations and material causes on the explanation of conflict and war
Reproductive and somatic conflicts of interest in the genesis of violence and warfare among tribesmen Napolean Chagnon
Uneasy peace: intertribal relations in Brazil's Upper Xingu
Raiding, trading, and tribal autonomy in insular Southeast Asia
The Snake Warriors - Sons of the Tiger's Teeth: a descriptive analysis of Carib warfare ca. 1500-1820
Warfare and the evolution of tribal politics in the prehistoric Southwest
Chiefdom-level warfare as exemplified in Fiji and the Cauca
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ISBN: 9780521380423
ISBN-10: 0521380421
Series: School of American Research Advanced Seminar
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 27th July 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.03 x 16.05  x 2.18
Weight (kg): 0.57