Darwinism, War and History: The Debate over the Biology of War from the 'Origin of Species' to the First World War / Edition 1

Darwinism, War and History: The Debate over the Biology of War from the 'Origin of Species' to the First World War / Edition 1

ISBN-10:
0521466458
ISBN-13:
9780521466455
Pub. Date:
04/28/2003
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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Darwinism, War and History: The Debate over the Biology of War from the 'Origin of Species' to the First World War / Edition 1

This book challenges the received view that Darwinism generated essentially aggressive and warlike social values and pugnacious images of humankind. Paul Crook reconstructs the influential discourse of "peace biology," whose liberal vision was of a basically free humanity, not fettered by iron laws of biological necessity or governed by violent genes. By exploring a gamut of Darwinian readings of history and war, mainly in the English-speaking world prior to 1919, this study throws important new light on militarism, peace movements, the origins of World War I and British social thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521466455
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/28/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

1. The Darwinian legacy; 2. The age of Spencer and Huxley; 3. Crisis in the West: the pre-war generation and the new biology; 4. 'The natural decline of warfare': anti-war evolutionism prior to 1914; 5. The Great War: man the fighting animal; 6. The survival of peace biology; 7. Naturalistic fallacies and noble ends; 8. Conclusion.

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