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Warfare and the Evolution of the State: A Reconsideration

  • David Webster

Warfare is seen as an adaptive ecological choice under conditions of population growth and resource limitation. Its major significance in the formation of the state lay in its ability to negate evolutionary constraints inherent in ranked societies. The evolutionary significance of warfare is discussed in terms of processes of cultural change which are largely internal.

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American Antiquity
  • ISSN: 0002-7316
  • EISSN: 2325-5064
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