The causes of war - why people fight - is one of the big questions of human existence. Azar Gat's book, ranging from the beginning of prehistory to the 21st century, offers a definitive answer to the lingering mystery.
Azar Gat is Ezer Weitzman Professor of National Security in the Department of Political Science at Tel Aviv University. He took his doctorate from the University of Oxford (1986). His most recent books include Victorious and Vulnerable: Why Democracy Won in the 20th Century and How it is still Imperiled (Hoover, 2009), and Nations: The Long History and Deep Roots of Political Ethnicity and Nationalism (CUP, 2012), with Alexander Yakobson. His War in Human Civilization (OUP, 2006) was named as one of the Books of the Year by the Times Literary Supplement. His titles have been translated into Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Greek, and Hebrew.