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CONTENTS SPECIAL ISSUE
HUMAN ETHOLOGY & EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY
Vol. 23, December 2002

(Evolutionary) Theories of Warfare in Preindustrial (Foraging) Societies

(Evolutionary) Theories of Warfare in Preindustrial (Foraging) Societies       [REFERENCES]

War in Preindustrial Societies (Short title)
Johan M.G. van der Dennen

Submitted: September 19, 2002
Accepted: October 15, 2002

Key words:
war causation, evolution, ‘primitive’ warfare, (pitched) battle, lethal male raiding, kin selection, sexual selection

REVIEW ARTICLE
2002; 23(suppl 4) :55–65
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PMID: 12496736

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ABSTRACT

I present an inventory of theories of war causation (and on the origin of war) in preindustrial (traditional, foraging, ‘primitive’, hunter-gatherer, band- and tribe-level) societies, with emphasis on the roles of natural selection, sexual selection and kin selection. Also the school of sociocultural evolution is briefly discussed.

 

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