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There’s a more interesting argument to be made about the differences between foraging and agricultural societies, or between nomadic and sedentary societies, than there is between non-state and state-based societies. In strictly framing his argument using the state as the dividing line across which cultures are compared, and lumping together hunter-gatherer and agricultural or sedentary non-state societies, Keeley isn’t missing out on a reality of entirely “peaceful savagery”; but he is obscuring the most relevant axis of debate.

The Ecologically Noble Savage S teven LeBlanc’s Constant Battles is the least successful popular study of primitive war I’ve covered here. Which is a shame, as it’s the one that deals most extensively with the fascinating and undoubtedly important issue of the ecological factors in the generation of warfare. No one questions the impact of environmental problems on conflict. ”113 Ferguson formulates five “preconditions” that contributed to war in prehistoric times: sedentarism, social hierarchies, longdistance trade, over-population and… climate change.

If you choose the former, someone dies violently every other year. If you choose the latter, about 140 people die violently every day. Which do you choose? It’s not a choice that anyone is ever literally faced with. And some cynic will surely point out that the least number of actual deaths would occur if you refused the given dilemma by committing suicide. But it seems like a thought experiment that conveys a certain truth. ” The fact that less actual death occurs in foraging social groups is deemed irrelevant because it’s not a result of a conscious attitude on these people’s part; it’s “merely” a function of the social scale.

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