Some Reasons for War: How Families, Myths and Warfare Are Connected

Some Reasons for War: How Families, Myths and Warfare Are Connected

by Sue Mansfield, Mary B. Hall

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Gr 8 Up A skillful and thought-provoking analysis of the societal factors that cause or contribute to wars. In the broad scope of this work, the authors describe and discuss warfare from prehistoric times through the present spate of guerilla wars and world-wide terrorism, hypothesize reasons for the existence of war, and reasons for them taking on certain characteristics. They contend that cultural mythology, life style, and child-rearing practices are causative elements in warfare and that far from being inevitable, as many maintain, war is in fact controllable and preventable. The book is well researched and thorough, although the hypothetical nature of the authors' conclusions could confuse young readers. There is no empirical evidence cited for any of the authors' contentions. The photographs, although unfortunately few in number, add a great deal to the text; and the bibliography is appropriate to the age of the intended audience. This work is an excellent complement to Meltzer's Ain't Gonna Study War No More (Harper, 1985), which is a history of war resistance, as opposed to a history of warfare. Both titles belong in all but the smallest collections. Trish Ebbatson, Mansfield-Richland County Public Library, Ohio

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12 Years

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