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On Violence in History
Edited by Philip Dwyer and Mark Stephen Micale
150 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78920-464-3 $120.00/£89.00 Hb Published (January 2020)
ISBN 978-1-78920-465-0 $27.95/£22.95 Pb Published (January 2020)
eISBN 978-1-78920-466-7 eBook
Is global violence on the decline? Steven Pinker’s highly-publicized argument that human violence across the world has been dramatically abating continues to influence discourse among academics and the general public alike. In this provocative volume, a cast of eminent historians interrogate Pinker’s thesis by exposing the realities of violence throughout human history. In doing so, they reveal the history of human violence to be richer, more thought-provoking, and considerably more complicated than Pinker claims.
Philip Dwyer is Professor of History and founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Violence at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He has written on the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, memoirs, violence, and colonialism, and is the general editor (with Joy Damousi) of the four-volume Cambridge World History of Violence, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.
Mark S. Micale is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where for many years he taught Modern European history and the history of medicine. He is the author or editor of several books, including Beyond the Unconscious, Discovering the History of Psychiatry, Approaching Hysteria: Disease and Its Interpretations, Traumatic Pasts, The Mind of Modernism, and Hysterical Men: The Hidden History of Male Nervous Illness.