LAW AND WARFARE by Paul- Ed. Bohannan
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Studies in the Anthropology of Conflict"" is perhaps not the sort of subtitle to attract the general reader, but one hopes his curiosity will carry him as far as the table of contents. That should do the trick. Professor Bohannan has ranged through the entire literature of his discipline in order to find his twenty-three selections for this first volume in the American Museum Sourcebooks in Anthropology series. Classic as well as recent scholarship is represented, and while the quality of the prose of course varies, its average level is remarkably literate. The means devised by mankind to cope with conflict are amazingly diverse and ingenious; probably no amount of introductory matter could ever link them all up, and it was a wise editorial choice not even to try. Everything from Russian jurisprudence to singing duels among the Eskimos, to the Medieval ordeal, to Blackfoot horse raids, to disputes in American supermarkets, to Jibaro headhunting, to Albanian blood feuds is included. It has something of the pull in this regard of Ardrey's Territorial Imperative and could well be read in relation to that and Lorenz' On Aggression. A Natural History Press publication.

Pub Date: Jan. 13th, 1966
Publisher: Doubleday