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The better angels of our nature : a history of violence and humanity / Steven Pinker.

Steven Pinker, 1954-

London : Penguin, 2012.

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  • Title:
    The better angels of our nature : a history of violence and humanity / Steven Pinker.
  • Author: Steven Pinker, 1954-
  • Subjects: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society; Violence -- History; Violence -- Psychological aspects; Violence -- Social aspects; Violence; Violence -- Psychological aspects; Violence -- Social aspects; Geweld; Politics and Government; Psychology; Social & Cultural History; History; Geschiedenis (vorm); Electronic books;
    Dewey: 303.609
  • Rights: Terms governing use: Copyright.
    Access restrictions: NON_PRINT_LEGAL_DEPOSIT
  • Publication Details: London : Penguin, 2012.
  • Language: English
  • Description: Contents: List of figures -- Preface -- Foreign Country: -- Human prehistory -- Homeric Greece -- Hebrew bible -- Roman Empire and early Christendom --Medieval knights -- Early modern Europe -- Honor in Europe and the early United States -- 20th century -- Pacification process: -- Logic of violence -- Violence in human ancestors -- Kinds of human societies -- Rates of violence in state and nonstate societies -- Civilization and its discontents -- Civilizing Process: -- European homicide decline -- Explaining the European homicide decline -- Violence and class -- Violence around the world -- Violence in these United States -- Decivilization in the 1960s -- Recivilization in the 1990s -- Humanitarian Revolution: -- Superstitious killing: human sacrifice, witchcraft, and blood libel -- Superstitious killing: violence against blasphemers, heretics, and apostates -- Cruel and unusual punishments -- Capital punishment -- Slavery -- Despotism and political violence -- Major war --
    Contents: Whence the humanitarian revolution? -- Rise of empathy and the regard for human life -- Republic of letters and enlightenment humanism -- Civilization and enlightenment -- Blood and soil -- Long Peace: -- Statistics and narratives -- Was the 20th century really the worst? -- Statistics Of Deadly Quarrels, Part 1: Timing of wars -- Statistics Of Deadly Quarrels, Part 2: Magnitude of wars -- Trajectory of great power war -- Trajectory of European war -- Hobbesian background and the ages of dynasties and religious -- Three currents in the age of sovereignty -- Counter-enlightenment ideologies and the age of nationalism -- Humanism and totalitarianism in the age of ideology -- Long Peace: Some numbers -- Long Peace: Attitudes and events -- Is the long peace a nuclear peace? -- Is the long peace a democratic peace? -- Is the long peace a liberal peace? -- Is the long peace a Kantian peace? -- New Peace: -- Trajectory of war in the rest of the world -- Trajectory of genocide --
    Contents: Trajectory of terrorism -- Where angels fear to tread -- Rights Revolutions: -- Civil rights and the decline of lynching and racial pogroms -- Women's rights and the decline of rape and battering -- Children's rights and the decline of infanticide, spanking, child abuse, and bullying -- Gay rights, the decline of gay-bashing, and the decriminalization of homosexuality -- Animal rights and the decline of cruelty of animals -- Whence the rights revolutions? -- From history to psychology -- Inner Demons: -- Dark side -- Moralization gap and the myth of pure evil -- Organs of violence -- Predation -- Dominance -- Revenge -- Sadism -- Ideology -- Pure evil, inner demons, and the decline of violence -- Better Angles: -- Empathy -- Self-control -- Recent biological evolution? -- Morality and taboo -- Reason -- On Angel's Wings: -- Important but inconsistent -- Pacifist's dilemma -- Leviathan -- Gentle commerce -- Feminization -- Expanding circle -- Escalator of reason -- Reflections --
    Contents: Notes -- References Index.
  • Identifier: ISBN 9780141959740 (electronic bk.); ISBN 0141959746 (electronic bk.); BNB GBB7I3886; System number: 018530815
  • Notes: Originally published: New York: Viking; London: Allen Lane, 2011.
    Collection subset: Social Welfare
    Bibliography note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xxviii, 1026 pages) : illustrations, maps.
  • Shelfmark(s): General Reference Collection DRT ELD.DS.197527
  • UIN: BLL01018530815

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