Aggression and War: Their Biological and Social Bases

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 97%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (15) from $1.99   
  • New (5) from $58.77   
  • Used (10) from $1.99   


Derived from a meeting of natural and social scientists, this interdisciplinary book aims to summarize the main issues regarding the problem of human aggression, as well as human beliefs about the subject. This study brings together internationally known authorities and presents their recent contributions which range in complexity from the physiological to individual aggression, group conflict and international war. The study concludes with a multi-level approach to the problems of aggression and war. In nontechnical language suitable for general science readers, the book provides a valuable framework for the development of ideas and new attitudes in a field rife with misconceptions.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"...makes a powerful case that anyone with a concern for the future of the world should take seriously. It faces up to the complexity of the problems confronting the containment of human aggression and the eradication of international war, but it argues that we have it in our power to grapple with them if only we can find the resolve to try." BioScience

"This volume may not bear directly on clinical practice, but it will inform and stimulate the eclectic clinician." Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521358712
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1989
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors; Preface; The Seville statement on violence; Part I. Aggression: The Reality and the Myth: 1. The problem of aggression R. A. Hinde and J. Groebel; 2. Beliefs about human aggression J. H. Goldstein; Part II. Biological Mechanisms in the Individual: 3. Animals fight, but do not make war F. A. Huntingford; 4. Is aggression instinctive? P. Bateson; 5. The genetic bases of aggression A. Manning; 6. The physiology of aggression J. Herbert; Part III. Individual Aggression and Prosocial Alternatives; 7. The bases and development of individual aggression S. Feshbach; 8. Situational influences on aggression L. Berkowitz; 9. Empathy training and prosocial behaviour N. D. Feshbach; 10. Aggression reduction: some vital steps A. P. Goldstein; Part IV. Communication and Group Processes: 11. Group processes as stimulants of aggression J. M. Rabbie; 12. The myth of racism S. Genov├ęs; 13. Media and the social environment K. Lagerspetz; 14. Cultural factors, biology and human aggression M. H. Segall; Part V. The Micro Level: Societies and Nations: 15. Causes of war J. M. Winter; 16. The political origins of international war: a multifactorial review J. D. Singer; Part VI. Conclusion: 17. A multi-level approach to the problems of aggression and war J. Groebel and R. A. Hinde; Name Index; Subject Index.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)