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The Shortest History Of War

Release date: 8 September 2023
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‘An incisive and well-informed overview of how warfare has evolved’ PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

‘From the first armies to clashes of drones and dirty bombs, this is eye-opening, big-picture stuff’ BBC HISTORY

‘Readable and sharp ... does what it says on the tin’ INDEPENDENT

‘Dyer writes with eloquence and authority’ IRISH EXAMINER**

War has changed, but we have not. From our hunter-gatherer ancestors to the rival nuclear powers of today, whenever resources have been contested, we’ve gone to battle. In this brisk and gripping account, acclaimed military historian Gwynne Dyer traces the evolution of martial clashes, tracing warfare from prehistory to the world’s first cities and on to the thousand-year ‘classical age’ of combat, which ended when the firearm changed everything.

Dyer explores the shift from limited to total war, interrupted by Hiroshima’s nuclear impact, until the Cold War and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine ended the longest peace among major powers since the World War II. Now as climate change intensifies resource competition, superpowers fill up their arsenals with atomic bombs, drones and futuristic weapons of mass destruction.

All through, Dyer delves into anthropology, psychology and other relevant fields to unmask the drivers of conflict, making The Shortest History of War a book for anyone who wants to understand the role of war in the human story – and how we can prevent it from defining our future.


Product Details

Title: The Shortest History Of War
Author: Gwynne Dyer
Publisher: Picador
SKU: BK0481746
EAN: 9789395624879
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Country Of Origin: India
Release date: 8 September 2023

About Author

London-based Gwynne Dyer is a renowned 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.

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