READ IN A DAY. REMEMBER FOR A LIFETIME.
In this timely addition to the bestselling shortest history series, acclaimed historian Gwynne Dyer tells the story of war from its prehistoric – perhaps pre-human – origins up to the present age of algorithms and atom bombs.
With wit and clarity, Dyer chronicles the spread of warfare in the world’s first cities and the role of new nomadic peoples as catalysts for spiralling brutality; the rise of inequality and tyranny as human societies expand; the millennium-long classical age of warfare ended by the firearm and the carnage of the Thirty Years War; the brief interlude of limited war before the popular revolutions of the 18th century ushered in an age of total war — itself abruptly halted by Hiroshima. The final chapters deal with the precarious equilibrium of the past 75 years, the longest period of peace between major powers in modern history, and with the vast, looming threat posed by climate change.
Gwynne Dyer has worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, broadcaster and lecturer on international affairs for several decades. His twice-weekly column on international affairs is published by 175 papers in some 45 countries and is translated into more than a dozen languages. He lives in London, where he is working on a new book about geo-engineering.