• The Shortest History of War

  • From Hunter-Gatherers to Nuclear Superpowers—A Retelling for Our Times
  • By: Gwynne Dyer
  • Narrated by: Gareth Richards
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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By: Gwynne Dyer
Narrated by: Gareth Richards
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Publisher's Summary

War has always been a defining feature of human society. This new addition to the Shortest History series explains why we do it—and how we can stop.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has punctured the longest stretch of peace between major powers since WWII, bringing the horrors of warfare—past, present, and future—to the forefront of listeners' minds. In The Shortest History of War, internationally acclaimed historian Gwynne Dyer adds urgently needed context.

Dyer ably charts the evolution of violent conflict: tribal aggression, classical combat, limited war, total war, and cold war-followed by present-day terrorism, nuclear threats, and the development of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS). His brilliant, brisk history is a harrowing must-listen for all who wonder: How will rival superpowers with unprecedented weapons shape the future of our interconnected world?

©2022 Gwynne Dyer (P)2022 Tantor

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