Atrocitology: Humanity's 100 Deadliest Achievements by Matthew White

By Matthew White

Was once the 20 th century the main violent in background? Are religions or tyrants, capitalism or communism the reason for so much human ache? Has violence elevated or reduced over the process background? during this totally unique and remarkably formidable paintings, 'Atrocitologist' Matthew White considers man's inhumanity to guy throughout numerous thousand years of heritage. From the 1st Punic warfare and the cave in of Mayan rule, to the reign of Peter the good and the cataclysmic occasions of the second one international warfare, White's epic ebook spans centuries and civilisations because it measures the hundred so much violent occasions in human background. whereas sceptical of any grand concept for the factors of human violence, White does proportion 3 monstrous classes gleaned from his cautious statistical research: one, chaos is extra lethal than tyranny; , the area is much more disorganised than we fully grasp; and 3, wars kill extra civilians than infantrymen (in truth, the military is mostly the most secure position to be). If we examine historical past to prevent the error of the prior, then there should be not more vital position to begin than this eye-opening and exciting ebook.

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So the English mining communities that developed high levels of social solidarity and self-regulation were in stark contrast to the overwhelmingly male, socially atomized, violent and lawless mining communities that mushroomed on the frontier in nineteenth-century Australia, South Africa and United States, even though the hardships they faced were comparable. Historians are now agreed that a violent society is likely to be one where masculine status rests on the credible threat of violence. 84 Evolutionary psychologists go as far as to claim that male aggression is a biological imperative and that men are more conflictual in late adolescence and young adulthood, a life stage at which competitive striving to achieve status, resources and marriageability is essential.

9. For this and following: S. Carroll, Blood and Violence in Early Modern France (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), introduction. 10. It was not fully translated into English until 1982 as The Civilizing Process, 2 vols, trans. E. Jephcott (Oxford: Blackwell). 11. Mazower, The Balkans, p. 147. 12. A. Lüdtke, ‘Gewalt als Sprache’ in R. Brednic and W. Hartinger eds, Gewalt in der Kultur: Vorträge des 29. Deutschen Volkskundekongresses, 2 vols (Passau: Passauer Studien zur Volkskunde, 1994), pp.

While its conceptual and intellectual ambition is bold and wide-ranging, the volume’s geographical and chronological field of focus is much narrower, namely the West in the Introduction 37 post-Renaissance period. This is partly because effective comparative history requires a discrete geographic and chronological framework. It is fitting however that a collection of essays on violence should begin with the Aztecs and end with the Nazis. It was the discovery of the New World that produced the consciousness of a distinct and superior European civilization in opposition to the cruel and barbaric customs of backward peoples.

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