Warlike and Peaceful Societies

The Interaction of Genes and Culture

by Agner Fog

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Book Description

Are humans violent or peaceful by nature? We are both.

In this ambitious and wide-ranging book, Agner Fog presents a ground-breaking new argument that explains the existence of differently organised societies using evolutionary theory. It combines natural sciences and social sciences in a way that is rarely seen.

According to a concept called regality theory, people show a preference for authoritarianism and strong leadership in times of war or collective danger, but desire egalitarian political systems in times of peace and safety. These individual impulses shape the way societies develop and organise themselves, and in this book Agner argues that there is an evolutionary mechanism behind this flexible psychology. Incorporating a wide range of ideas including evolutionary theory, game theory, and ecological theory, Agner analyses the conditions that make us either strident or docile. He tests this theory on data from contemporary and ancient societies, and provides a detailed explanation of the applications of regality theory to issues of war and peace, the rise and fall of empires, the mass media, economic instability, ecological crisis, and much more.

Warlike and Peaceful Societies: The Interaction of Genes and Culture draws on many different fields of both the social sciences and the natural sciences. It will be of interest to academics and students in these fields, including anthropology, political science, history, conflict and peace research, social psychology, and more, as well as the natural sciences, including human biology, human evolution, and ecology.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY). You can download Warlike and Peaceful Societies ebook for free in PDF format (25.5 MB).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Introduction
 
Chapter 2
The Theory of Regal and Kungic Cultures
 
Chapter 3
Contributions from Other Theories
 
Chapter 4
Different Kinds of War in Human History
 
Chapter 5
Economic Determinants of Conflict and Fear
 
Chapter 6
Strategic Uses of Fear
 
Chapter 7
Regality Theory Applied to Ancient Cultures
 
Chapter 8
Statistical Testing of Regality Theory
 
Chapter 9
Discussion and Conclusion
 
Chapter 10
Bibliography
 
Chapter 11
Illustrations
 

Book Details

Publisher
Open Book Publishers
Published
2017
Pages
366
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9781783744039
ISBN10
1783744030
ISBN13 Digital
9781783744053
ISBN10 Digital
1783744057
PDF Size
25.5 MB
License
CC BY

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