Beyond War: The Human Potential for Peace

Paperback | April 24, 2009

byDouglas P. Fry

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A profoundly heartening view of human nature, Beyond War offers a hopeful prognosis for a future without war. Douglas P. Fry convincingly argues that our ancient ancestors were not innately warlike - and neither are we. He points out that, for perhaps ninety-nine percent of our history, forwell over a million years, humans lived in nomadic hunter-and-gatherer groups, egalitarian bands where warfare was a rarity. Drawing on archaeology and fascinating recent fieldwork on hunter-gatherer bands from around the world, Fry debunks the idea that war is ancient and inevitable. For instance,among Aboriginal Australians, warfare was an extreme anomaly. Fry also points out that even today, when war seems ever present, the vast majority of us live peaceful, nonviolent lives. We are not as warlike as we think, and if we can learn from our ancestors, we may be able to move beyond war toprovide real justice and security for the world.

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A profoundly heartening view of human nature, Beyond War offers a hopeful prognosis for a future without war. Douglas P. Fry convincingly argues that our ancient ancestors were not innately warlike - and neither are we. He points out that, for perhaps ninety-nine percent of our history, forwell over a million years, humans lived in nom...

Douglas P. Fry teaches in the Faculty of Social and Caring Sciences at Abo Akademi University in Finland and is an adjunct research scientist in the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology at the University of Arizona. A renowned anthropologist and a leading authority on aggression and conflict resolution, he has worked in this fie...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 5.12 × 7.91 × 1.1 inPublished:April 24, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Robert M. Sapolsky: ForewordPrefaceAcknowledgments1. Charting a New Direction2. Do Nonwarring Societies Actually Exist?3. Overlooked and Underappreciated: The Human Potential for Peace4. Killer Apes, Cannibals, and Coprolites: Projecting Mayhem onto the Past5. The Earliest Evidence of War6. War and Social Organization: From Nomadic Bands to Modern States7. Seeking Justice: The Quest for Fairness8. Man the Warrior: Fact or Fantasy?9. Insights from the Outback: Geneva Conventions in the Australian Bush10. Void if Detached...from Reality: Australian "Warriors," Yonomamo Unokais, and Lethal Raiding Psychology11. Returning to the Evidence: Life in the Band12. Darwin Got It Right: Sex Differences in Aggression13. A New Evolutionary Perspective: The Nomadic Forager Model14. Setting the Record Straight15. A Macroscopic Anthropological View16. Enhancing PeaceAppendix 1: Organizations to ContactAppendix 2: Nonwarring SocietiesNotesSuggested ReadingIndex