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War : how conflict shaped us / Margaret MacMillan.

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  • ISBN: 9781984856135 : HRD
  • ISBN: 1984856138 : HRD
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, [2020]

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Humanity, society and war -- Reasons for war -- Ways and means -- Modern war -- Making the warrior -- Fighting -- Civilians -- Controlling the uncontrollable -- War in our imaginations and our memories -- Conclusion.
Summary, etc.:
"War, the instinct to fight, is inherent in human nature; peace is the aberration in history. War has shaped humanity, its institutions, its states, its values and ideas. Our very language, our public spaces, our private memories, some of our greatest cultural treasures reflect the glory and the misery of war. War is an uncomfortable and challenging subject not least because it brings out the most vile and the noblest aspects of humanity. Margaret MacMillan looks at the ways in which war has shaped humanhistory and how, in turn, changes in political organization, technology, or ideologies have affected how and why we fight. The book considers such much-debated and controversial issues as when war first started; whether human nature dooms us to fight eachother; why war has been described as the most organized of all human activities and how it has forced us to become still more organized; how warriors are made and why are they almost always men; and how we try to control war. Drawing on lessons from a sweep of history, from classical history to modern warfare, and from all parts of the globe, MacMillan reveals the many faces of war--the way it shapes our past, our future, our views of the world, and our very conception of ourselves"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: War > History.
War and society.
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  • Baker & Taylor
    "War, the instinct to fight, is inherent in human nature; peace is the aberration in history. War has shaped humanity, its institutions, its states, its values and ideas. Our very language, our public spaces, our private memories, some of our greatest cultural treasures reflect the glory and the misery of war. War is an uncomfortable and challenging subject not least because it brings out the most vile and the noblest aspects of humanity. Margaret MacMillan looks at the ways in which war has shaped humanhistory and how, in turn, changes in political organization, technology, or ideologies have affected how and why we fight. The book considers such much-debated and controversial issues as when war first started; whether human nature dooms us to fight each other; why war has been described as the most organized of all human activities and how it has forced us to become still more organized; how warriors are made and why are they almost always men; and how we try to control war. Drawing on lessons from a sweep of history, from classical history to modern warfare, and from all parts of the globe, MacMillan reveals the many faces of war--the way it shapes our past, our future, our views of the world, and our very conception of ourselves"--
  • Baker & Taylor
    From the internationally renowned historian and bestselling author of Paris 1919 comes a provocative argument that war is an essential aspect of human nature, and that peace is an aberration in history. Illustrations.
  • Random House, Inc.
    From the bestselling author of Paris 1919 comes a provocative view of war as an essential component of humanity and our history. Is peace an aberration? 

    &;Margaret MacMillan has produced another seminal work. . . . She is right that we must, more than ever, think about war. And she has shown us how in this brilliant, elegantly written book.&;&;H.R. McMaster, author of Dereliction of Duty and Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World

    The instinct to fight may be innate in human nature, but war&;organized violence&;comes with organized society. War has shaped humanity&;s history, its social and political institutions, its values and ideas. Our very language, our public spaces, our private memories, and some of our greatest cultural treasures reflect the glory and the misery of war. War is an uncomfortable and challenging subject not least because it brings out both the vilest and the noblest aspects of humanity. 

    Margaret MacMillan looks at the ways in which war has influenced human society and how, in turn, changes in political organization, technology, or ideologies have affected how and why we fight. War: How Conflict Shaped Us explores such much-debated and controversial questions as: When did war first start? Does human nature doom us to fight one another? Why has war been described as the most organized of all human activities? Why are warriors almost always men? Is war ever within our control? 

    Drawing on lessons from wars throughout the past, from classical history to the present day, MacMillan reveals the many faces of war&;the way it has determined our past, our future, our views of the world, and our very conception of ourselves.

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