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Stretching across continents and centuries, The Origins of War: Violence in Prehistory provides a fascinating examination of executions, torture, ritual sacrifices, and other acts of violence committed in the prehistoric world. Written as an accessible guide to the nature of life in prehistory and to the underpinnings of human violence. Combines symbolic interpretations of archaeological remains with a medical understanding of violent acts. Written by an eminent prehistorian and a respected medical doctor.…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
Stretching across continents and centuries, The Origins of War: Violence in Prehistory provides a fascinating examination of executions, torture, ritual sacrifices, and other acts of violence committed in the prehistoric world. Written as an accessible guide to the nature of life in prehistory and to the underpinnings of human violence. Combines symbolic interpretations of archaeological remains with a medical understanding of violent acts. Written by an eminent prehistorian and a respected medical doctor.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: John Wiley & Sons
  • Seitenzahl: 296
  • Erscheinungstermin: 17. Dezember 2004
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 235mm x 157mm x 22mm
  • Gewicht: 625g
  • ISBN-13: 9781405112598
  • ISBN-10: 140511259X
  • Artikelnr.: 21614836
Autorenporträt
Jean Guilaine is Professor of Archeology at the Collège de France and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. He is the author of numerous books, including Prehistory: The World of Early Man (US translation 1986).
Jean Zammit is a doctor and paleopathologist at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.
Melanie Hersey is a translator specialising in the social sciences. She has studied German, French, and anthropology and received an MA in translation from Durham University.
Inhaltsangabe
Foreword.

1. Preliminary Observations.

2. Violence in Hunter-gatherer Society.

3. Agriculture: A Calming or Aggravating Influence?.

4. Humans as Targets: 4,000-8,000 Years Ago.

5. The Warrior: An Ideological Construction.

6. The Concept of the Hero Emerges.

Conclusions.

Appendix.

Bibliography.

Index
Rezensionen
"'Nasty, brutish, and short' was how Hobbescharacterized human life in a state of nature, but for the lastthirty years prehistorians have largely contrived to forget thenasty side. This lively and authoritative volume goes a long way toredressing the balance, giving a superb overview of the moreaggressive side of life in early Europe." Andrew Sherratt,University of Oxford

"There are few more intriguing yet disturbing subjectsthan the origins of human violence. This richly detailed accountprovides dramatic insights into a distant and often violent world,but one that is only too familiar in its contemporary relevance.Essential reading for all who are interested in the humanpast." Chris Scarre, University of Cambridge

"An intriguing and convincing account of violence and conflictin deep antiquity ... The authors have successfully produced astimulating and thought provoking text." ArchaeologyIreland