|The Course of Empire: Destruction. Thomas Cole, 1836.|
The Slaughter Bench of History. By Ian Morris. The Atlantic, April 11, 2014.
I was 23 when I almost died in battle.
War!Huh, good God.What is it good for?Absolutely nothing....War!Friend only to the undertaker....
|Rates of Violent Death, 10,000 BC-2013 AD. Ian Morris.|
This may be a surprising statistic, but the explanation for it is more surprising still. What has made the world so much safer is war itself. The way this worked was that beginning about 10,000 years ago in some parts of the world, then spreading across the planet, the winners of wars incorporated the losers into larger societies. The only way to make these larger societies work was for their rulers to develop stronger governments, and one of the first things these governments had to do, if they wanted to stay in power, was suppress violence within the society.