Evolutionary Psychological Foundations of Civil Wars

  title={Evolutionary Psychological Foundations of Civil Wars},
  author={Satoshi Kanazawa},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={25 - 34}
  • S. Kanazawa
  • Published 1 January 2009
  • Sociology
  • The Journal of Politics
I propose an evolutionary psychological perspective on wars and suggest that the ultimate cause of intergroup conflict may be the relative availability of reproductive women. Polygyny, which allows some men to monopolize all reproductive opportunities and exclude others, may increase the prevalence of civil wars, but not interstate wars, which did not exist in the ancestral environment. The analysis of the Correlates of War data support both hypotheses; polygyny increases civil wars but not… 
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