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War! What Is It Good For?

Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots

By Ian Morris
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War! What Is It Good For?: Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots by Ian Morris

War! What Is It Good For? takes a look at the history of conflict and comes to a startling conclusion: while wars are horrible for those who endure them, postbellum societies enjoy the positive consequences of war, namely peace, prosperity and organization.

  • Anyone interested in the history of war and great empires
  • Anyone interested in politics and conflict management
  • Pacifists and war hawks

Ian Morris is a British historian, archaeologist and Stanford professor who has written a number of critically acclaimed books, such as Why the West Rules – For Now and The Measure of Civilization.

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