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The Shortest History of War

From Hunter-Gatherers to Nuclear Superpowers — A Retelling for Our Times

by (author) Gwynne Dyer

Publisher
Cormorant Books
Initial publish date
Aug 2022
Category
General, Other, Arms Control
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781770866812
    Publish Date
    Aug 2022
    List Price
    $22.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781770866829
    Publish Date
    Aug 2022
    List Price
    $12.99

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Acclaimed historian and military expert Gwynne Dyer tells the story of war from its earliest origins up to the present age of atom bombs and algorithms.

Dyer chronicles the advent of warfare in the first cities; the rise of inequality and tyranny as humans multiply; the thousand-year classical era of combat until the firearm and the Thirty Years’ War, which changed everything. He traces how the brief interlude of limited war before the popular revolutions of the eighteenth century ushered in “total war” — and how the devastation was halted by the shock of Hiroshima.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has punctured the longest stretch of peace between major powers since WWII. In a technologically advanced and hyper-connected world, we humans find ourselves in a most precarious position: under the heightened threats of climate change, nuclear war, and superpower rivalry. Far from another dry military history, The Shortest History of War synthesizes research from multiple fields of study and journalism into a highly readable, fast-paced, and enlightening read for anyone who wants to understand the role of war in the long human story — and how we can stop it from dominating our future.

About the author

Originally from St. John's, NL, Gwynne Dyer is an admired journalist, columnist, broadcaster, and lecturer on international affairs. His documentary television series on the history of War was nominated for an Academy Award; his twice-weekly column on international affairs appears in 175 newspapers in 45 countries and is translated into more than a dozen languages. He is currently based in London, UK.

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Editorial Reviews

“From the first armies to clashes of drones and dirty bombs, this is eye-opening, big-picture stuff.”

BBC History Magazine

“Readable and sharp … does what it says on the tin.”

Independent

“Dyer writes with eloquence and authority … particularly effective in painting in broad strokes the evolution of warfare.”

Irish Examiner

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