Shortest History Of War, The

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READ IN A DAY. REMEMBER FOR A LIFETIME.In this timely addition to the bestselling shortest history series, acclaimed historian Gwynne Dyer tells the story of war from its prehistoric -- perhaps pre-human -- origins up to the present age of algorithms and atom bombs.Dyer chronicles the spread of warfare in the worlds first cities; the rise of inequality and tyranny as human societies grow; the millennium-long classical age of combat ended by the the carnage of the Thirty Years War; the brief ensuing interlude of limited war before the popular revolutions of the 18th century ushered in an age of total war -- itself abruptly halted by Hiroshima. The final chapters deal with the precarious equilibrium of the past 75 years, the longest period of peace between major powers in modern history, and with the looming threats posed by nuclear proliferation, superpower rivalry and climate change.This vivid, clear-sighted book is vital reading for anyone who wants to understand the role of war in the long human story: why we do it -- and how we can stop.
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Weight 0.240000
ISBN13/Barcode 9781913083236
ISBN10 1913083233
Author Gwynne Dyer
Binding Paperback
Date Published 8th February 2022
Pages 246
Publisher Old Street Publishing