The better angels of our nature : why violence has declined
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New York, New York : Penguin Books, 2012.
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xxviii, 802 pages : illustrations, maps, charts ; 23 cm
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English
ISBN
9780143122012, 0143122010, 9780670022953, 0670022950

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Originally published: New York: Viking; London: Allen Lane, 2011.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 739-771) and index.
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Faced with the ceaseless stream of news about war, crime, and terrorism, one could easily think we live in the most violent age ever seen. Yet as New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows in this startling and engaging new work, just the opposite is true: violence has been diminishing for millennia and we may be living in the most peaceful time in our species' existence. For most of history, war, slavery, infanticide, child abuse, assassinations, pogroms, gruesome punishments, deadly quarrels, and genocide were ordinary features of life. But today, Pinker shows (with the help of more than a hundred graphs and maps) all these forms of violence have dwindled and are widely condemned. How has this happened? This groundbreaking book continues Pinker's exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly nonviolent world. The key, he explains, is to understand our intrinsic motives--the inner demons that incline us toward violence and the better angels that steer us away--and how changing circumstances have allowed our better angels to prevail. Exploding fatalist myths about humankind's inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious and provocative book is sure to be hotly debated in living rooms and the Pentagon alike, and will challenge and change the way we think about our society.
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This volume argues that violence in the world has declined both in the long run and in the short, and suggests explanations why this has happened. The author maintains that the key to explaining the decline of violence is to understand the "inner demons" that incline us toward violence and the "better angels" that steer us away. Thanks to the spread of government, literacy, trade, and cosmopolitanism, we increasingly control our impulses, empathize with others, debunk toxic ideologies, and deploy our powers of reason to reduce the temptations of violence. The book is divided into 2 parts. The first part is an effort to describe a broad sweep of human history from prehistoric societies to the present, arguing for a progressive though intermittent decline in violence in human societies. The second part is an effort to understand the underpinnings of the decline in violence in terms of human psychological processes.
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Pinker, S. (2012). The better angels of our nature: why violence has declined. New York, New York: Penguin Books.

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Pinker, Steven, 1954-. 2012. The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. New York, New York: Penguin Books.

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Pinker, Steven, 1954-, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. New York, New York: Penguin Books, 2012.

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Pinker, Steven. The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. New York, New York: Penguin Books, 2012. Print.

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