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Killing Others: A Natural History of Ethnic Violence

Matthew Lange


This book explores why humans ruthlessly attack and kill people from other ethnic communities. Drawing on an array of cases from around the world and insight from a variety of disciplines, the book provides a simple yet powerful explanation that pinpoints the influential role of modernity in the growing global prevalence of ethnic violence over the past 200 years. It offers evidence that a modern ethnic mind-set is the ultimate and most influential cause of ethnic violence. Throughout most of human history, people perceived and valued small sets of known acquaintances and did not identify with ... More

Keywords: ethnic violence, emotional prejudice, ethnicity, social transformation, modernity, intercommunal peace, democracy, economic development, killing, Others

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781501704871
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501704871.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Lange, author
McGill University