Description - The Origins of War by Jean Guilaine
Stretching across continents and centuries, The Origins of War: Violence in Prehistory provides a fascinating examination of executions, torture, ritual sacrifices, and other acts of violence committed in the prehistoric world. Until recently what little had been written on prehistoric violence and warfare focused on the symbolic interpretations of archeological remains. This engrossing book demonstrates that violence has always been far more than just symbolic by combining such interpretations into prehistory with a medical understanding of these violent acts. The authors, one an eminent prehistorian and the other a respected medical doctor, are the ideal guides through such evidence and enable the reader to understand this violence at a human level, without a sophisticated understanding of history or archeology.
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(235mm x 158mm x 21mm)
Blackwell Publishing Ltd
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Author Biography - Jean Guilaine
Jean Guilaine is Professor of Archeology at the College de France and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. He is the author of numerous books, including Prehistory: The World of Early Man (US translation 1986). Jean Zammit is a doctor and paleopathologist at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. Melanie Hersey is a translator specialising in the social sciences. She has studied German, French, and anthropology and received an MA in translation from Durham University.