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Overview


Thorough, highly informative and exhaustive study presents an exceptional collection of cases examining such topics as warfare as the business of one sex, religion as a cause of war, and war for the sake of glory. Cannibalism, human sacrifice, blood-revenge, and other factors in warfare among primitive peoples are also expertly examined.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486430843
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 12/29/2003
  • Edition description: Unabridged Republication Edition
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

I. Introduction: Prehistoric Warfare 1
II. War and the Competition of Life 9
III. War the Business of One Sex 23
IV. Where War Exists and Where It Does Not 46
V. Cannibalism and War 65
VI. War for Land and Booty 76
VII. War and Women 96
VIII. Religion as a Cause of War 103
IX. Blood Revenge 120
X. Human Sacrifice 130
XI. Head-Hunting 136
XII. War for Glory 147
XIII. War and the State 160
XIV. The Mitigation of War 176
XV. The Stress toward Peace 196
XVI. War as a Factor in Societal Evolution 219
Appendices
A. Ethnocentrism and Tribal Names 234
B. Initiation Ceremonies 237
C. Instances of Mild Warfare 244
D. Warlikeness 251
E. Warlike Tribes in Africa 255
F. Instances of Serious Warfare 258
G. War for Booty 265
H. Blood Revenge 268
I. War Adornment 278
J. Trophies and Mutilation of the Slain 282
K. The Regulative System of Primitive Society 285
L. The Declaration of War 292
M. Torture of Prisoners of War 297
References to Chapters 300
References to Appendices 353
Bibliography 369
Index 387
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