Key Insights From:
War: How Conflict Shaped Us
- Violence is a necessary, but not sufficient condition, for war.
- Society and war-making capacities have grown up side by side and reinforced one another.
- Primates and philosophers offer us clues about humanity’s violent streak, but nothing conclusive.
- The uncomfortable truth is that war holds the power to create as well as destroy.
- Civil wars are especially traumatic for those involved, and the aftershock reverberates for generations.
- Wars often begin with a spark, but the tinder is usually set well before the inflammatory incident.