|Author||: Douglas P. Fry|
|Publisher||: Oxford University Press|
|Total Pages||: 352|
|Rating||: 4/5 (055 Downloads)|
Download or read book Beyond War written by Douglas P. Fry and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2009-04-10 with total page 352 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 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, for well 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 to provide real justice and security for the world.