The Shortest History Of War
Dyer chronicles the spread of warfare in the first cities; the inexorable rise of inequality and tyranny as human societies grow; the millennium-long classical age of combat ended by the carnage of the Thirty Years’ War; and the brief ensuing interlude of ‘limited war’ before the popular revolutions of the 18th century ushered in an era of total war – itself abruptly halted by Hiroshima.
The final chapters deal with the precarious equilibrium of the past 75 years – the longest period of peace
between major powers in modern history – and the looming threats of nuclear proliferation, superpower rivalry and climate change.
This vivid, clear-sighted book is vital reading for anyone who wants to understand the role of war in the long human story: why we do it – and how we can stop.
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