Why We Fight Paperback – 15 mei 2021
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This ground-breaking book explores how tens of thousands of years of evolution have shaped our brains to fight, and not to fight. Drawing on insights gleaned as a soldier and a scholar, and a biologist, Mike Martin explains how the lives and deaths of our ancestors have shaped our behavior to propel
us towards conflict, even as that option makes less and less sense.
Why We Fight highlights the continuums between animal and human individual violence and explains how mankind has massively reduced the preponderance of warfare by creating larger and larger social groups. Together, these arguments form a compelling demonstration of humans' evolutionary
predisposition to warfare, rooted in a prehistoric past when going to war actually increased your chances of survival. Our contemporary world is marked by the disintegration of social groups, which inevitably increases the likelihood of conflict -- yet, Martin concludes, humans may still ultimately
outlive warfare altogether, consigning it to history.
Revue de presse
Fascinating [and] accessible . . . Martin's enjoyable book makes a positive contribution to a major debate.--- Prospect
Why We Fight is a pivotal book in the study of conflict. It brilliantly deploys recent discoveries in psychology and neuroscience to devastating effect. It has radical implications for policies for conflict reduction: identity and status need to supplant interests and ideology as the focal points
for change. -- Sir Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, University of Oxford
Anyone interested in war and international relations will find much to challenge and intrigue them in Mike Martin's application of evolutionary theory to the question of what drives men to fight.-- Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, author of The Future of War: A History
An important and illuminating book that addresses very clearly the fundamental questions underlying the apparent paradoxes of violence and conflict.-- Patrick Hennessey, author of The Junior Officers' Reading Club: Killing Time and Fighting Wars
This wide-ranging book explores how the evolution of the brain has shaped human behaviour in violence and war. Fascinating and insightful.-- Stathis Kalyvas, Gladstone Professor of Government, University of Oxford.
A compelling and entertaining work of scholarship, Why We Fight is a biological exploration into the evolutionary crux of human conflict... essential reading for the scholar, the war buff, and the simply curious.--Foreword Reviews
[Why We Fight] should be required reading for not just biologists, psychologists and historians, but military leaders and recruiters as well. The British Army Review
à propos de l'auteur
Mike Martin is a visiting research fellow at the Department of War Studies, King's College London, having previously studied biology at Oxford. Between these experiences, he served as a British Army officer in Afghanistan. His previous books include An Intimate War: An Oral History of the Helmand
Conflict and Crossing the Congo: Over Land and Water in a Hard Place, the latter of which was shortlisted for the Edward Stanford Adventure Travel Writing Award in 2016.
- Uitgever : Hurst & Co.; Revised editie (15 mei 2021)
- Taal : Engels
- Paperback : 328 pagina's
- ISBN-10 : 1787384896
- ISBN-13 : 978-1787384897
- Afmetingen : 19.56 x 3.05 x 12.95 cm
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A fascinating read cover to cover and, surprisingly a read that at first challenges and then changes my view of conflict.
There are real policy and operational implications from the findings and I hope that others pick up this thread and attempt to answer the pertinent questions they raise. This should be the start of an essential conversation.
A clear sighted explanation of how thousands of people continue to fight in futile conflict whilst each party justifies their actions via mutually exclusive narratives. Essential reading for professional military education and those interested in a more fundamental analysis.