Warlike and Peaceful Societies: The Interaction of Genes and Culture

  title={Warlike and Peaceful Societies: The Interaction of Genes and Culture},
  author={Agner Fog},
  • A. Fog
  • Published 12 October 2017
  • Political Science
Are humans violent or peaceful by nature? We are both. In this ambitious and wide-ranging book, Agner Fog presents a ground-breaking new argument that explains the existence of differently organised societies using evolutionary theory. It combines natural sciences and social sciences in a way that is rarely seen. According to a concept called regality theory, people show a preference for authoritarianism and strong leadership in times of war or collective danger, but desire egalitarian… 
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