Allen & Unwin War: What is it good for? book History English Paperback 512 pages

by Morris, Ian
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Morris, Ian Allen & Unwin War: What is it good for? book History English Paperback 512 pages
Morris, Ian - Allen & Unwin War: What is it good for? book History English Paperback 512 pages
Morris, Ian - Allen & Unwin War: What is it good for? book History English Paperback 512 pages

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A bold and controversial rethinking of the role of war in human history and how it will shape our future, sure to provoke debate, from the bestselling author of Why the West Rules - For Now.

War is one of the greatest human evils. It has ruined livelihoods, provoked unspeakable atrocities and left countless millions dead. It has caused economic chaos and widespread deprivation. And the misery it causes poisons foreign policy for future generations.But, argues bestselling historian Ian Morris, in the very long term, war has in fact been a good thing. In his trademark style combining inter-disciplinary insights, scientific methods and fascinating stories, Morris shows that, paradoxically, war is the only human invention that has allowed us to construct peaceful societies. Without war, we would never have built the huge nation-states which now keep us relatively safe from random acts of violence, and which have given us previously unimaginable wealth. It is thanks to war that we live longer and more comfortable lives than ever before.And yet, if we continue waging war with ever-more deadly weaponry, we will destroy everything we have achieved; so our struggles to manage warfare make the coming decades the most decisive in the history of our civilisation. In War: What Is It Good For? Morris brilliantly dissects humanity's history of warfare to draw startling conclusions about our future.

Ian Morris is Willard Professor of Classics, Professor of History and a fellow of the Archaeology Centre at Stanford University. He is the bestselling author of Why the West Rules - For Now and has appeared on a number of television networks, including the History Network and PBS.

Contributors

Author:
Morris, Ian

Further information

Media Type:
Softcover
Publisher:
Profile Books
Review:
Morris is the world's most talented ancient historian Niall Ferguson
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
495

Master Data

Product Type:
Paperback book
Release date:
02 April 2015
Package Dimensions:
0.198 x 0.129 x 0.035 m; 0.402 kg
GTIN:
09781846684180
DUIN:
FNH640KFV7S
Manufacturer Part Number:
41535248
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