An evolutionary agent-based model of pre-state warfare patterns: cross-cultural tests

World Cultures Vol/Iss. 15 Published In Pages: 28-36
By Burtsev, Mikhail S., Korotayev, Andrey V.


The authors construct a mathematical model from which they generate their main hypothesis that resource unpredictability should be associated with frequency of warfare. A cross-cultural test of this hypothesis was performed by Ember and Ember (1992). The authors critique these findings for state societies and test and alternate hypothesis for application to state societies.


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
Standard Cross Cultural Sample (SCCS)Other ResearchersUsed a subsample of Ember and Ember (1992) as well as their codes.

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