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The better angels of our nature : why violence has declined, Steven Pinker

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The better angels of our nature : why violence has declined
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The better angels of our nature
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why violence has declined
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Steven Pinker
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eng
Summary
We've all asked, "What is the world coming to?" But we seldom ask, "How bad was the world in the past?" In this startling new book, cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the past was much worse. Evidence of a bloody history has always been around us: genocides in the Old Testament, gory mutilations in Shakespeare and Grimm, monarchs who beheaded their relatives, and American founders who dueled with their rivals. The murder rate in medieval Europe was more than thirty times what it is today. Slavery, sadistic punishments, and frivolous executions were common features of life for millennia, then were suddenly abolished. How could this have happened, if human nature has not changed? Pinker argues that thanks to the spread of government, literacy, trade, and cosmopolitanism, we increasingly control our impulses, empathize with others, debunk toxic ideologies, and deploy our powers of reason to reduce the temptations of violence. -- Publisher
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Title
The better angels of our nature
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Summary
A controversial history of violence argues that today's world is the most peaceful time in human existence, drawing on psychological insights into intrinsic values that are causing people to condemn violence as an acceptable measure
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  • Library Journal Best Books, 2011.
  • New York Times Notable Book 2011
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10009772
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
303.609
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HM1116
LC item number
.P57 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Target audience
adult
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Steven Pinker
The better angels of our nature : why violence has declined, Steven Pinker
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
A foreign country -- The pacification process -- The civilizing process -- The humanitarian revolution -- The long peace -- The new peace -- The rights revolutions -- Inner demons -- Better angels -- On angels' wings
Control code
ocn707969125
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Dimensions
25 cm.
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Extent
xxviii, 802 p.
Isbn
9780670022953
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2011015201
Other physical details
ill., maps

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