Has violence increased or decreased over the course of history? In this wholly original and remarkably ambitious work, 'Atrocitologist' Matthew White considers man's inhumanity to man across several thousand years of history.
Author: Matthew White
Publisher: Canongate Books
Was the twentieth century the most violent in history? Are religions or tyrants, capitalism or communism the cause of most human suffering? Has violence increased or decreased over the course of history? In this wholly original and remarkably ambitious work, 'Atrocitologist' Matthew White considers man's inhumanity to man across several thousand years of history. From the First Punic War and the collapse of Mayan rule, to the reign of Peter the Great and the cataclysmic events of the Second World War, White's epic book spans centuries and civilisations as it measures the hundred most violent events in human history. While sceptical of any grand theory for the causes of human violence, White does share three big lessons gleaned from his careful statistical analysis: one, chaos is more deadly than tyranny; two, the world is even more disorganised than we realise; and three, wars kill more civilians than soldiers (in fact, the army is usually the safest place to be). If we study history to avoid the mistakes of the past, then there can be no more important place to start than this eye-opening and entertaining book.
(McFarland, North Carolina) 85; White, M (2011). Atrocitology: Humanity's 100
Deadliest Achievements. (Text, Melbourne). 256. between their colonies in South
America).2 The second was between VI. The Seven Years War 1. Introduction 2.
Author: Alexander Gillespie
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
This is the fourth volume of a projected six-volume series charting the causes of war from 3000 BCE to the present day, written by a leading international lawyer, and using as its principal materials the documentary history of international law, largely in the form of treaties and the negotiations which led up to them. These volumes seek to show why millions of people, over thousands of years, slew each other. In departing from the various theories put forward by historians, anthropologists and psychologists, the author offers a different taxonomy of the causes of war, focusing on the broader settings of politics, religion, migrations and empire-building. These four contexts were dominant and often overlapping justifications during the first four thousand years of human civilisation, for which written records exist.
Atrocitology: Humanity's 100 Deadliest Achievements. Edinburgh, 2012. Wundt,
Max. Die deutsche Schulphilosophie im Zeitalter der Aufklärung. Tübingen, 1945.
Wuthenow, Ralf Rainer. Die erfahrene Welt: Europäische Reiseliteratur im ...
Author: T. J. Reed
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Germany’s political and cultural past from ancient times through World War II has dimmed the legacy of its Enlightenment, which these days is far outshone by those of France and Scotland. In this book, T. J. Reed clears the dust away from eighteenth-century Germany, bringing the likes of Kant, Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, and Gotthold Lessing into a coherent and focused beam that shines within European intellectual history and reasserts the important role of Germany’s Enlightenment. Reed looks closely at the arguments, achievements, conflicts, and controversies of these major thinkers and how their development of a lucid and active liberal thinking matured in the late eighteenth century into an imaginative branching that ran through philosophy, theology, literature, historiography, science, and politics. He traces the various pathways of their thought and how one engendered another, from the principle of thinking for oneself to the development of a critical epistemology; from literature’s assessment of the past to the formulation of a poetic ideal of human development. Ultimately, Reed shows how the ideas of the German Enlightenment have proven their value in modern secular democracies and are still of great relevance—despite their frequent dismissal—to us in the twenty-first century.
Another reason was the horror of Hiroshima , which Novick asserts had far
greater impact on Americans than the Holocaust “ for perfectly sensible reasons
having nothing to do with ' comparative atrocitology ' ” ( p . 110 ) . Hiroshima was
a sign ...
In a culture that has come to valorize victims , Jews established primacy of place
for the Holocaust and have reaped the benefits that come with such success . Not
to be outdone in the high - stakes arena of » comparative atrocitology « , the ...
Not to be outdone in the high - stakes arena of " comparative atrocitology , ” the
Jews now “ possess the gold medal in the Victimization Olympics . " 37 Novick
much prefers an earlier generation of American Jews with whom he more closely
Author: David Singer
Publisher: Amer Jewish Committee
Category: Social Science
The Library owns the volumes of the American Jewish Yearbook from 1899 - current.