The Psychology of Modern Conflict

Evolutionary Theory, Human Nature and a Liberal Approach to War

  • Kenneth Payne

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

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  3. Part I

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  4. Part II

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      Pages 57-57
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  5. Part III

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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 176-215

About this book


What does modern warfare, as fought by liberal societies, have in common with our human evolution? This study posits an important relationship between the two we have evolved to fight, and traditional hunter-gatherer societies were often violent places. But we also evolved to cooperate, to feel empathy and to behave altruistically towards others.


Evolutionary Psychology Strategy International Relations War Altruism Evolution conflict international relations psychology violence

Authors and affiliations

  • Kenneth Payne
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  1. 1.King’s College LondonUK

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