Warless societies and the origin of war

University of Michigan Press Ann Arbor Published In Pages: ??
By Kelly, Raymond C.


This book examines the difference between warless and warlike societies and attempts to determine the point at which a society becomes warlike. The author suggests that differences between warless and warlike societies are mostly organizational and hypothesizes that "unsegmented" societies, or societies that have a weaker sense of group identity and cohesion, will be more likely to be warless than "segmented" societies. Several tests are presented. Results generally support the hypothesis.


Cross cultural tests are carried out in Chapter 2, "Warless and Warlike Hunter-Gatherers: A Comparison."


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
Standard Cross Cultural Sample (SCCS)Other Researchers
Atlas of World Cultures (AWC)Other Researchers

Documents and Hypotheses Filed By:Megan Farrer