War and Human Nature

War and Human Nature

by Stephen Peter Rosen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691116008

ISBN-13: 9780691116006

Pub. Date: 09/07/2004

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Why did President John F. Kennedy choose a strategy of confrontation during the Cuban missile crisis even though his secretary of defense stated that the presence of missiles in Cuba made no difference? Why did large numbers of Iraqi troops surrender during the Gulf War even though they have been orderedto fight and were capable of doing so? Why did Hitler declare war

Overview

Why did President John F. Kennedy choose a strategy of confrontation during the Cuban missile crisis even though his secretary of defense stated that the presence of missiles in Cuba made no difference? Why did large numbers of Iraqi troops surrender during the Gulf War even though they have been orderedto fight and were capable of doing so? Why did Hitler declare war on the United States knowing full well the power of that country?

War and Human Nature argues that new findings about the way humans are shaped by their inherited biology may help provide answers to such question. This seminal work by former Defense Department official Stephen Peter Rosen contends that human evolutionary history has affected the way we process the information we use to make decisions. The result is that human choices and calculations may be very different from those predicted by standard models of rational behavior. This thought-provoking and timely work helps shed new light on many persistent puzzles in the study of war.

About the Author:
Stephen Peter Rosen is a political scientist and Beton Michael Kaneb Professor of National Security and Military Affairs at Harvard University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691116006
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/07/2004
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.42(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     1
Emotions, Memory, and Decision Making     27
Status, Testosterone, and Dominance     71
Stress, Distress, and War Termination     99
Of Time, Testosterone, and Tyrants     135
Where Do We Go from Here?     179
Notes     185
Index     205

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