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Chimpanzees, war, and history, are men born to kill?, R. Brian Ferguson.

Summary
The question of whether men are predisposed to war runs hot in contemporary scholarship and online discussion. Within this debate, chimpanzee behaviour is often cited to explain humans' propensity for violence; the claim is that male chimpanzees kill outsiders because they are evolutionarily inclined, suggesting to some that people are too. The longstanding critique that killing is instead due to human disturbance has been pronounced dead and buried. R. Brian Ferguson challenges this consensus. Bringing readers on a journey through theoretical struggle and clashing ideas about chimpanzees, bonobos, and evolution, Ferguson opens new ground on the age-old question - are men born to kill?
Table Of Contents
Cover -- Half-title -- Chimpanzees, War, and History -- Copyright -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Part I -- 1. From Nice to Brutal -- 2. The Second Generation -- 3. Theoretical Alternatives -- Part II -- 4. From Peace to "War" -- 5. Contextualizing Violence -- 6. Explaining the War and Its Aftermath -- 7. Later Gombe -- 8. Interpreting Gombe Violence -- Part III -- 9. Mahale: What Happened to K Group? -- 10. Mahale History -- Part IV -- 11. Kibale -- 12. Ngogo Territorial Conflict -- 13. Scale and Geopolitics at Ngogo -- 14. The Ngogo Expansion, RCH + HIH -- 15. Kanyawara -- Part V -- 16. Budongo, Early Research and Human Impact -- 17. Sonso -- Part VI -- 18. Eastern Chimpanzees, Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii -- 19. Central Chimpanzees, Pan troglodytes troglodytes -- 20. Western Chimpanzees, Pan troglodytes verus -- Part VII -- 21. Tai and Its Afflictions -- 22. Sociality and Intergroup Relations -- 23. Killings and Explanations -- Part VIII -- 24. Pan paniscus -- 25. Social Organization and Why Male Bonobos Are Less Violent -- 26. Evolutionary Scenarios and Theoretical Developments -- Part IX -- 27. Killing Infants -- 28. The Case for Evolved Adaptations, by the Evidence -- 29. Human Impact, Critiqued and Documented -- Part X -- 30. The Demonic Perspective Meets Human Warfare -- 31. Species- Specific Foundations of Human War -- 32. Applications: An Anthropology of War -- Tables -- References -- Index
Language
eng
Literary Form
non fiction
Note
Also issued in print: 2023
Physical Description
1 online resource (577 pages)
Specific Material Designation
remote
Form Of Item
online
Isbn
9780197506769

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